AMTA supports Government’s spectrum reform framework

The mobile telecommunications industry welcomes the Government’s announcement that it will proceed to implement significant reforms to Australia’s spectrum management framework. 

The Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA), Chris Althaus, said that the framework announced today by the Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull, and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications, Paul Fletcher, would recast spectrum policy, planning and management via a comprehensive reform package designed to meet the needs of all spectrum users in an increasingly complex and competitive spectrum marketplace.

“This important initiative has the potential to deliver more flexibility and certainty for spectrum licence holders at a time when spectrum resources are under increasing pressure from rapidly expanding mobile markets that continue to grow strongly and impact most facets of our economy and society,” he said.  

“AMTA members look forward to engaging with the proposed consultation processes to develop the new framework to ensure it achieves more efficient and simpler allocation processes, more transparent and consistent pricing to support efficient use, and a clear and simplified framework of policy accountability.”

Mr Althaus said the mobile telecommunications industry supported the three core recommendations of the review to:

1.    Replace the current legislative arrangements with new legislation that removes prescriptive process and streamlines licensing for a simpler and more flexible framework.

2.    Better integrate the management of public sector and broadcasting spectrum to improve the consistency and integrity of the framework.

3.    Review spectrum pricing to ensure consistent and transparent arrangements to support the efficient use of spectrum and secondary markets.

Mr Althaus said industry also welcomed the Government’s implementation milestones and expectation to have the new framework progressively rolled out from mid-2017.

“Like everything involving spectrum, timing is critical and AMTA appreciates the release of an indicative implementation schedule that will help provide certainty and transparency for spectrum licence holders as the transition to the new regime progresses,” he said.

For more information contact Randal Markey, Communications Manager, (02) 6239 6555 or 0421 240 550