Optus buoyant at prospect of second ‘digital dividend’ for mobile broadband – Telco/ISP

Victoria D. Doty

Optus has backed a governing administration program that would generate a repeat of the “digital dividend” spectrum auctions a decade back, the place spectrum applied in Television set broadcasting was refarmed for cellular use.

In a media reform ‘green paper’ at the conclusion of very last 12 months, the governing administration proposed releasing up spectrum in the 600 MHz band and reallocating it for other makes use of.

It observed at the time that the spectrum could be “attractive to cell community operators as a implies to supply huge-region and inbuilding protection across their networks.”

Business submissions to the inexperienced paper approach have little by little leaked out more than the previous week, with Optus offering a high-degree check out of its submission on Tuesday afternoon.

Vice president of regulatory and general public affairs Andrew Sheridan welcomed the prospect of a new “digital dividend”.

A decade back, the first “digital dividend” was produced by having extremely precious 700 MHz and two.5 GHz radio frequencies applied for analogue tv transmission and auctioning the spectrum off, mostly to cell community operators.

“Re-allocating the undervalued 600 MHz band for important cell online permits Australia [will] obtain a 2nd electronic dividend, additional strengthening competitive national cell networks, which will progressively supply the basis for Australia’s foreseeable future electronic overall economy,” Sheridan stated in a statement.

“600 MHz band is previously effectively deployed as element of 5G in North America and Australia will have to not be still left at the rear of.”

Sheridan observed that the initial electronic dividend “opened up the period of high pace cell broadband” and led to the capability to take in streaming video clip on cell gadgets.

“A 2nd electronic dividend provides very similar possibilities,” he stated, adding it could “increase the breadth and excellent of 5G networks nowadays and 6G tomorrow.”

“This is notably crucial for our rural and regional regions,” Sheridan extra.

Absolutely free Television set Australia stated in a submission [pdf] of its possess that the governing administration ought to keep on being open to Television set operators retaining “slightly extra spectrum” for broadcasting reasons than the inexperienced paper proposes.

It also stated “there are multiple pathways to provide a potential 600 MHz dividend” that could benefit cell operators.

“We advise doing the job intently with sector and other stakeholders to recognize the finest route ahead,” it stated.

“Any foreseeable future setting up scenarios will have to allow for particular person broadcasters to form their possess provider offerings in accordance with their possess strategic and professional criteria and fulfill foreseeable future client expectations.”

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