The SpaceX Starlink project is approved in Australia for the 5 G millimeter wave spectrum

The Australian Telecom and Media Authority (ACMA) recently reported that it has issued network companies pursuing 5G millimeter wave ((mmWave)) spectrum, including SpaceX’s Starlink, with the first round of new equipment licenses. In specific, SpaceX Starlink, Nokia, Telstra (Telstra), Optus, Vocus, NBN, Opticomm, MarchNet, Dreamtilt, Field Solutions Group, WorldVu (One Web), Inmarsat, Viasat, O3B/SES and New Skies Satellites/SES are the companies that have secured Australian 5G millimeter wave 26GHz and 28GHz band licenses.

ACMA clarified that applicants will decide the number of frequency bands and the quantity of spectrum they will seek to use when acquiring a new frequency band license. In January 2021, the 26GHz (24.7-25.1GHz) and 28GHz (27.5-29.5GHz) frequency bands which have not been reserved in the first round of applications will be eligible for allocation.

ACMA launched an application in mid-December for the 26GHz band auction in April and will market the 25.1-27.5GHz (2.4GHz) band in 27 Australian areas.

The Australian government limited the amount of spectrum a single bidder would obtain to less than 1 GHz in August of this year.

The US FCC reported earlier this month that it will offer US$9.2 billion in bonuses to companies offering wireless Internet in remote parts of the United States and deploying high-speed broadband to more than 5.2 million homes and enterprises.

Among them, the SpaceX Starlink initiative obtained US$886 million in grants to provide 640,000 remote households and businesses in 35 states with Starlink broadband networks. As the funds collected will be distributed within 10 years, SpaceX’s annual funds will amount to a little more than US$ 88.5 million.

It should be remembered that the SpaceX Starlink mission is a worldwide Internet access satellite plan that in the future will deploy a total of 42,000 small satellites into space. One of the benefits of satellite communication is that it has a wide area of coverage and does not rely on fibre optic equipment, but the span of communication is long and the latency is large and it does not deliver reliable communications of high quality.