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Broadcast Engineering magazine, 14st January 2010

Australian government seeks comment on ENG relocation from nation’s broadcasters
The Australian Communications and Media Authority Jan.12 released a discussion paper as part of a review of the 2.5GHz band used in that nation by free-to-air TV broadcasters for ENG microwave transmission.

As in the United States, the Australian approach envisions making room for new wireless access services in a portion of the band used for ENG. The paper presents the view that ENG transmission can continue in a portion of the 2.5GHz band with the rest of the band being made available for licensed wireless access service in metropolitan areas.

According to the chairman of the Australian Communications and Media Authority, the ongoing review of pricing, planning and licensing of the 2.5GHz band has two goals: deciding how to plan and allocate the 2.5GHz band to achieve its highest-value use and identifying long-term spectrum assignments for ENG microwave transmissions.

Three options for ENG spectrum allocation are examined in the paper, including use of 2025MHz-2110MHz and 2200MHz-2300MHz; ENG access to 2010MHz-2025MHz; and ENG access to 1980MHz-2010MHz and 2170MHz-2200MHz with the understanding that mobile satellite service may be introduced into the bands in the future.

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