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The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has announced plans to allocate a number of area-wide apparatus licenses (AWLs) that will boost local area wireless broadband services in metropolitan, regional and remote locations. These AWLs will be distributed via two distinct allocation processes, one focusing on the 3.4-4.0 GHz spectrum in remote locations and the other on the 3.8 GHz band for metropolitan and regional areas.

The spectrum in these frequency bands is considered ideal for offering a variety of wireless broadband services, such as 5G, private networks and other cutting-edge technologies. The availability of AWLs will enable service providers to cater to the particular needs of each area by allowing for specialized and localized utilization of the spectrum.

ACMA anticipates that these newly allocated licenses will be used to create private networks by wireless internet service providers as well as organizations such as tertiary institutions, hospitals, mining companies and public transportation hubs. These innovations are intended to boost digital connectivity and promote the deployment of new and innovative technologies in a variety of Australian regions.

To support the deployment of services in remote areas within the 3.4-4.0 GHz band, ACMA has sought applications from interested parties.

Meanwhile, ACMA is now conducting a consultation process for the allocation of area-wide licenses in metropolitan and regional areas using the 3.8 GHz band. This consultation will cover a number of issues, including pricing, license term and renewal, technical requirements and allocation constraints. Stakeholders interested in participating in the consultation can do so by sending feedback and suggestions via the ACMA website.

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