Better signals expected for emergency services

By Paul Hemsley As the federal government prepares to switch broadcasting in Australia from analogue-to-digital technology, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has created a “class licence” that will enable emergency service organisations (ESO) across the nation use 50 MHz of spectrum in the 4.9 GHz band to communicate with headquarters. The wideband spectrum […]

States attack emergency spectrum decision

By Paul Hemsley and Julian Bajkowski Leaders in Coalition held states have condemned the Australian Communications and Media Authority’s decision to give police, fire and ambulance services just half of the spectrum allocation they lobbied the federal regulator for. New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria today all slammed the regulator’s decision, further inflaming the cross-jurisdictional […]


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