The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has opened purposes to take part within the April 2021 public sale of high-band 5G spectrum.

The regulator will public sale 2.4 GHz of spectrum within the 26 GHz band in 27 geographic areas throughout Australia.

In an announcement, ACMA member James Cameron mentioned the mmWave spectrum will allow a variety of latest providers which can profit Australian companies and customers. “It is vital for sensible farming, robotics, telemedicine and different rising applied sciences,” he mentioned.

A complete of 360 a lot of spectrum can be found. Allocation limits imply that in the course of the public sale, particular person individuals can’t purchase greater than 1 gigahertz of the 26 GHz band in every geographic area. 

“We’re encouraging stakeholders to use to allow them to take part within the public sale subsequent 12 months,” Cameron mentioned.

The ACMA has ready an applicant info bundle for events, which gives an in depth public sale information, info on the spectrum accessible and beginning costs.

The applying interval runs from December 14, 2020 to January 21, 2021. The spectrum public sale is scheduled to start in April 2021.

Within the second half of 2021, the Australian authorities will allocate low-band 5G spectrum (within the 850/900 MHz band), which will probably be key for broader geographic protection of 5G providers.

Minister for Communications, Cyber Security and the Arts Paul Fletcher beforehand mentioned the low- and high-band 5G spectrum will complement the mid-band 5G spectrum that the federal government has already auctioned.

In October, Australian provider Telstra mentioned it has already deployed over 2,000 5G base stations within the nation, offering 5G protection to 41% of Australia’s inhabitants.

The telco mentioned that it goals to cowl 75% of the nation’s inhabitants with its 5G service by June 2021.

Telstra, which had launched 5G in Could final 12 months, is presently utilizing its spectrum within the 3.6 GHz band to supply 5G know-how throughout Australia. A number of the cities during which Telstra presents its 5G service are Canberra, Central Coast, Brisbane, Sidney, Cairns, Gold Coast, Adelaide, Hamilton, Melbourne and Perth.

Rival operator Optus had launched business cell 5G operations in 2019. Optus’ 5G community had 900 reside websites and was accessible to greater than 426,000 households throughout Australia as of the top of August.

In July, Optus introduced it was testing 5G mmWave know-how in partnership with Ericsson.

In August, TPG Telecom introduced plans to speed up its 5G rollout over the following 12 months, with over 85% of the inhabitants within the nation’s six largest cities anticipated to be served by the top of subsequent 12 months.

The corporate, which was fashioned by means of the merger of TPG and Vodafone Hutchison Australia earlier this 12 months, mentioned in its full-year outcomes that greater than 1,200 websites 5G websites had now entered the planning section.

TPG Telecom mentioned the six cities the place 5G will probably be initially accessible are Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Canberra.