Radiocommunications (Spectrum Access Charges — 3.4 GHz Band) Determination 2015 (No. 1)

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Radiocommunications (Spectrum Access Charges — 3.4 GHz Band) Determination 2015 (No.1)
Radiocommunications Act 1992
The AUSTRALIAN COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA AUTHORITY makes this Determination under subsection 294(1) of the Radiocommunications Act 1992.
Dated:   8th May 2015                
Chris Chapman
[signed]
 Member
Richard Bean
[signed]
Member/General Manager
 
Australian Communications and Media Authority
1.             Name of Determination
                This Determination is the Radiocommunications (Spectrum Access Charges — 3.4 GHz Band) Determination 2015 (No.1).
2.             Commencement
                This Determination commences on the day after it is registered.
Note      All legislative instruments and compilations are registered on the Federal Register of Legislative Instruments kept under the Legislative Instruments Act 2003. See http://www.comlaw.gov.au.
3.             Expiry
This Determination expires at the end of 13 December 2015, as if it had been repealed by another instrument.
4.             Definitions
         (1)   In this Determination:
3.4 GHz band means the range of frequencies between 3425–3492.5 MHz and 3542.5–3575 MHz.
Act means the Radiocommunications Act 1992.
geographic area means an area specified in a spectrum licence within which operation of a radiocommunications device is authorised by the spectrum licence.
licence area means the area or aggregate of areas within which operation of a radiocommunications device is authorised by a spectrum licence.
Pricing Direction means the Radiocommunications (Spectrum Access Charges) Direction 2012 made under subsection 294(2) of the Act.
re-issue of a spectrum licence means the re-issue of a spectrum licence in accordance with subsection 82(1) of the Act.
                      Note 1             In accordance with paragraph 13(1)(b) of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003, other expressions in this Determination have the same meaning as in the Act, including:
·         ACMA
·         spectrum licence.
Note 2                ‘Geographic areas’ when taken as a whole, comprise the licence area within which operation of a radiocommunications device is authorised under the licence.
(2)     Unless the contrary intention appears, an expression used in this Determination and in the Pricing Direction has the same meaning in this Determination as it has in the Pricing Direction.
                       Note     The Pricing Direction is available on the ACMA’s website. See http://www.acma.gov.au.
5.             Population of a licence area or geographic area for a spectrum licence
(1)   The population of a licence area for a spectrum licence mentioned in column 1 in the table in section 6 is the corresponding number mentioned in column 2.
(2)   The population of a geographic area mentioned in column 1 in the table in section 7 is the corresponding number mentioned in column 2.
Note     The population of a licence area or geographic area, for a spectrum licence, is the estimated number of people residing in the area to which the spectrum licence relates.  In compliance with the Pricing Direction, the population of the licence area of a spectrum licence is, by this instrument, determined at the time the spectrum access charge for the re-issue of the spectrum licence is determined, having regard to available population data at the time this instrument is made.
 
6.             Spectrum access charge payable by AKAL Pty Ltd
                   The amount of spectrum access charge payable by AKAL Pty Ltd (ACN 094 107 794) for the re-issue of a spectrum licence with a licence number mentioned in column 1 in the following table is the corresponding amount mentioned in column 4.
 
Column 1
 
Licence number
Column 2
 
Population
of licence area
Column 3
 
Bandwidth (MHz)
Column 4
 
Amount ($)

8100175
              2,140,220
29.0
$1,861,991.40
 
8100176
              2,140,220
32.5
$2,086,714.50
 
8100178
                443,676
32.5
$432,584.10
 
8100179
              2,239,450
32.5
$2,183,463.75
 
8100180
              1,353,343
32.5
$1,319,509.42
 
8100181
              4,532,558
32.5
$4,419,244.05
 
8100182
              4,528,163
17.5
$2,377,285.57
 
8100190
              5,280,488
50.0
$7,920,732.00
 
8100197
              5,280,488
17.5
$2,772,256.20
 
8100201
              5,280,488
29.0
$4,594,024.56
 
8100205
                443,676
32.5
$432,584.10
 
8100206
              2,239,450
32.5
$2,183,463.75
 
8100207
              1,353,343
32.5
$1,319,509.42
 
8100208
              4,532,558
32.5
$4,419,244.05
 
8100210
              4,528,163
17.5
$2,377,285.57
 
Total
 
 
$40,699,892.44
 
 
Note 1      In compliance with the Pricing Direction, the amount of spectrum access charge payable for the re-issue of a spectrum licence mentioned in the table is calculated by multiplying the unit value of the spectrum in relation to the 3.4 GHz band ($0.03/MHz/Pop) by the bandwidth authorised for use in the spectrum licence and then multiplying that amount by the population of the licence area for the spectrum licence, determined by the ACMA.  For example, in relation to the spectrum licence with licence number 8100175 which authorises the use of 29 MHz of spectrum, the amount of spectrum access charge is calculated as follows:
                $0.03 x 29 MHz x 2,140,220 persons = $1,861,991.4
Note 2     Column 3 is included for information only
7.             Spectrum access charge payable by NBN Co Spectrum Pty Ltd
 
The amount of spectrum access charge payable by NBN Co Spectrum Pty Ltd (ACN 094 085 024) for the re-issue of spectrum licence number 9083625 is $14,706,748.85, calculated by adding together the amount of spectrum access charge mentioned in column 4 payable for each geographic area mentioned in column 1 of the table below. 
                            
Column 1
 
Geographic Area
Column 2
 
Population
of geographic area
Column 3
 
Bandwidth (MHz)
Column 4
 
Amount ($)

 
 
 
 

1
                5,604,165
65
$10,928,121.75

2
                    34,297
68.5
$70,480.33

3
                    21,714
68.5
$44,622.27

4
                   151,416
100
$454,248.00

5
                    24,157
100
$72,471.00

6
                      5,580
100
$16,740.00

7
                         737
100
$2,211.00

8
                   412,176
  96.5
$1,193,249.52

9
0
  96.5
$0.00

10
                   123,343
  96.5
$357,077.98

11
                   803,860
65
$1,567,527.00

Total
 
 
$14,706,748.85

         
Note       Column 3 is included for information only.
8.             When spectrum access charge is payable
                A spectrum access charge fixed by this Determination for the re-issue of a spectrum licence is payable on or before 31 July 2015.