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The C-band debate. Just the start in the quest for spectrum?

Debate hotted up at the Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT) Preparatory Group Summit in Brisbane last week. Industry leaders from 32 Asia Pacific countries gathered to discuss spectrum allocation, including the use made of C-band, the 3.4 – 4.2 GHz spectrum used for satellites. Should some, all or any of it be reallocated for the use of international mobile telecommunications (IMT)?

In this week’s CrossTalk Chris Chapman, chair of the ACMA, talks about how nations reach agreement on spectrum allocation and Bob Horton, a consultant to the satellite industry, gives his views on the likely outcomes from the discussions.

But the debate about C-band relates to a far broader question about how spectrum is allocated. Other existing uses will come into question as demand for IMT increases over the next few years. Phil Dobbie asks Chris Althaus, CEO of the AMTA and Reg Coutts, chairman of Telsoc, whether now is the time for a broader market–based allocation model.

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