Spectrum for public safety mobile broadband

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Spectrum for public safety mobile broadband

23 July 2013

© Commonwealth of Australia 2013
ISBN 978-1-74229-898-6

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CHAPTER 1 - Introduction (PDF 184KB)

Conduct of the inquiry
Role of public safety agencies  
Historical overview  
Reliance on narrowband mobile networks  
Spectrum as a scarce and valuable public resource
Legislative and policy framework

CHAPTER 2 - Announcements and the decision making process (PDF 295KB)

Council of Australian Governments
Australian Communications and Media Authority reservation of 10 MHz
Spectrum offer to public safety agencies
ACMA's decision making process on spectrum for PSMB
Digital dividend auction
Unsold spectrum
ACMA considerations and final decision
Draft Ministerial Directions – 700 MHz band

CHAPTER 3 - Generational change in the emergency services world (PDF 130KB)

Operational benefits
Occupational health and safety of first responders

CHAPTER 4 - Adequate spectrum for public safety agencies (PDF 368KB)

Operational scenarios considered by the ACMA
Concerns raised with the scenarios considered by the ACMA
Motorola Solutions and Western Australia Police LTE mobile network
Costs including infrastructure considerations
Extraordinary access to additional spectrum
International experience
Committee view

CHAPTER 5 - 800 MHz band v 700 MHz band (PDF 144KB)

Allocation of spectrum in the 800 MHz band
Technical differences
Costs differences and economies of scale
Risk factors
Securing the necessary spectrum in a timely manner
Asia-Pacific Telecommunity
Committee view

CHAPTER 6 - Overflow challenges (PDF 169KB)

Spill-over scenarios
Resilience and reliability of commercial carrier infrastructure
Community safety considerations
Contractual arrangements with commercial operators
Committee view

CHAPTER 7 - Conclusions and committee view (PDF 20KB)
APPENDIX 1 - Submissions received by the committee (PDF 75KB)
APPENDIX 2 - Witnesses who appeared before the committee (PDF 66KB)

For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3419
Fax: +61 2 6277 5809
Email: le.committee@aph.gov.au