Updates on exisiting Technology
Optus Trials - WA & NT
Telstra and Optus technical trials - 4G LTE technologies in 700 MHz radiofrequency spectrum
Currently, the spectrum is used by a range of wireless audio device (wireless microphone) operators under the relevant class licence. The class licence authorises the operation of wireless audio devices up until the end of 2014, after which time, operators must have transitioned out of the 694-820 MHz frequency range to alternative frequencies.
The 700 MHz spectrum is also used for television broadcasting services and is becoming available as transmitters at each television broadcasting site are progressively retuned to other channels below the 700 MHz band. The process of retuning television broadcast transmitters is referred to as ‘restack’, and as with the transition of wireless audio devices from the band, is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.
The ACMA will consider applications for technical trials in the 700 MHz band subject to conditions developed to mitigate interference to wireless audio devices as they transition out of the 700 MHz band. The ACMA requires the carriers to submit a wireless audio device mitigation plan with any technical trial licence application. The plans must detail measures to reduce the likelihood of interference to wireless audio devices as well as provide for contingencies in the event that interference is experienced as a result of any 4G LTE trials.
Telstra has been licensed to conduct technical trials in Griffith and Sydney (NSW), Brisbane (QLD) as well as Perth and Fremantle (WA). Optus has been licensed to conduct trials in Sydney (NSW) as well as Perth (WA) and Darwin (NT).
From the Optus statement: Copy received from Jim Seretis - APG
Last updated: 24 June 2014
24th June 2014