Radiocommunications (Unacceptable Levels of Interference - 700 MHz Band) Determination

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Radiocommunications (Unacceptable Levels of Interference — 700 MHz Band) Determination 2012
Radiocommunications Act 1992
The AUSTRALIAN COMMUNICATIONS AND MEDIA AUTHORITY makes this Determination under subsection 145(4) of the Radiocommunications Act 1992.
Dated 19th December 2012
Chris Chapman
[signed]
Member
Richard Bean
[signed]
Member/General Manager
 
 
Australian Communications and Media Authority
 
1              Name of Determination
                This Determination is the Radiocommunications (Unacceptable Levels of Interference — 700 MHz Band) Determination .
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.frli.gov.au.
3              Purpose
                This Determination sets out what is an unacceptable level of interference caused by a radiocommunications transmitter operating under a spectrum licence issued in the 700 MHz band, so as to ensure that high levels of emission from radiocommunications transmitters operated under a spectrum licence are kept within the geographic area and frequency band of the licence.
Note 1  Under section 145 of the Act, the ACMA may refuse to register a radiocommunications transmitter if it is satisfied that the operation of the radiocommunications transmitter could cause an unacceptable level of interference to the operation of other radiocommunications devices under that or any other spectrum licence.  
Note 2  The ACMA may register a radiocommunications transmitter whose operation could cause an unacceptable level of interference to the operation of other radiocommunications devices, in certain circumstances. An ACMA information paper, which outlines circumstances in which the ACMA may register radiocommunications transmitters titled Registration of radiocommunications devices under spectrum licences is available from the ACMA website.
Note 3  The ACMA has issued written advisory guidelines under section 262 of the Act about co-ordination requirements in relation to the assignment of transmitters operated under apparatus licences and the operation of transmitters under spectrum licences.  The ACMA will take these guidelines into account during the settlement of interference disputes.  Each case will be assessed on its merits.  The guidelines do not prevent a licensee negotiating other compatibility requirements with another licensee.  The guidelines are:
·             Radiocommunications Advisory Guidelines (Managing Interference from Transmitters — 700 MHz Band) 2012; and
·             Radiocommunications Advisory Guidelines (Managing Interference to Receivers — 700 MHz Band) 2012.
These instruments can be accessed on the ComLaw website: www.comlaw.gov.au.
4              Interpretation
         (1)   In this Determination, unless the contrary intention appears:
700 MHz band means the following frequency bands:
                (a)                703 MHz to 748 MHz (the 700 MHz lower band); and
               (b)    758 MHz to 803 MHz (the 700 MHz upper band).
Act means the Radiocommunications Act 1992.
Australian Spectrum Map Grid (ASMG) means the Australian Spectrum Map Grid 2012 published by the ACMA, as in force from time to time.
          Note       The ASMG can be accessed on the ACMA website: www.acma.gov.au
centre frequency, in relation to a radiocommunications transmitter, means the frequency midway between the lower and upper frequency limits of the transmitter’s occupied bandwidth.
DEM-9S means the “GEODATA 9 Second Digital Elevation Model (DEM-9S) Version 3” (Australia New Zealand Land Information Council unique identifier ANZCW070311541) containing modelled terrain height information for Australia, published by Geoscience Australia and as in force from time to time.
Note       Copies of the DEM-9S can be obtained from Geoscience Australia: www.ga.gov.au.
DEM-9S cell means an individual height element of the DEM-9S.
device boundary, in relation to a radiocommunications transmitter or a group of radiocommunications transmitters operated under a spectrum licence, means the device boundary calculated in accordance with Part 1 of Schedule 2.
device boundary criterion means the value of the mathematical expression calculated in accordance with Part 2 of Schedule 2.
effective antenna height means the effective height of an antenna  calculated in accordance with Schedule 3.
EIRP, in relation to a radiocommunications device, means the Equivalent Isotropically Radiated Power of the device.
emission designator means the designation of a radiocommunications transmitter’s emission, determined in accordance with section 5.
fixed receiver means a radiocommunications receiver located at a fixed point on land or sea and not designed or intended for use while in motion.
fixed transmitter means a radiocommunications transmitter located at a fixed point on land or sea and not designed or intended for use while in motion.
Geocentric Datum of Australia 1994 means the geodetic datum designated as the “Geocentric Datum of Australia (GDA94)” gazetted in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette No. GN 35 on 6 September 1995.
Note       The Geocentric Datum of Australia is a coordinate reference system which replaces the Australian Geodetic Datum 1966. More information on the GDA94 can be obtained from Geoscience Australia: www.ga.gov.au.   
geographic area, for a licence, means the area within which operation of a radiocommunications device is authorised under the licence.
group of radiocommunications receivers has the meaning given by section 7.
group of radiocommunications transmitters has the meaning given by section 6.
horizontally radiated power, for a radiocommunications device, means the sum of:
                (a)    the maximum true mean power, in dBm per specified rectangular bandwidth at the antenna connector that is located within the frequency band of the licence authorising the operation of the radiocommunications device; and
               (b)    the antenna gain relative to an isotropic antenna in a specified direction in the horizontal plane containing the phase centre of the antenna used with the device, in dBi.
location, in relation to a radiocommunications transmitter, means the centre location of the radiocommunications transmitter calculated in accordance with Schedule 1.
maximum true mean power means the true mean power measured within a specified rectangular bandwidth that is located within a specified frequency band such that the true mean power is the maximum of true mean powers produced.
Note       The power within a specified rectangular bandwidth is normally established by taking measurements using either an adjacent channel power meter or a spectrum analyser.  The accuracy of measuring equipment, measurement procedure and any corrections to measurements necessary to take account of practical filter shape factors would normally be in accordance with good engineering practice.
mean power means the average power measured during an interval of time that is at least 10 times the period of the lowest modulation frequency.
occupied bandwidth, in relation to a radiocommunications transmitter, means the width of a frequency band having fixed upper and lower limits that is necessary to contain not less than 99 percent of the true mean power of the transmitter’s emission at any time.
Radio Regulations means the ‘Radio Regulations’ published by the International Telecommunication Union, as in force on the day this Determination commences.
Note       Copies of the Radio Regulations can be obtained from the ITU: www.itu.int.
true mean power means:
                (a)    if an unmodulated carrier is present — the mean power measured while the unmodulated carrier is present; and
               (b)    if an unmodulated carrier is not present — the mean power measured while transmitted information is present.
Note        A number of terms used in this Determination, are defined in the Act and have the meanings given to them by the Act, including:
·           ACMA
·           core condition
·           frequency band
·           interference
·           radiocommunications device
·           radiocommunications receiver                                     
·           radiocommunications transmitter
·           radio emission
·           Register
·           spectrum licence.
5              Emission designator
                For the purpose of working out the designation of the radiocommunications transmitter’s emission in accordance with Appendix 1 of the Radio Regulations, the references to necessary bandwidth for a given class of emission are taken to be references to the occupied bandwidth of the transmitter.
6              Group of radiocommunications transmitters
         (1)   In this Determination, two or more fixed transmitters are a group of radiocommunications transmitters if:
                (a)    they have the same centre frequency and emission designator; and
               (b)    they are operated for the purpose of communicating with the same radiocommunications receiver or same group of radiocommunications receivers; and
                (c)    each has an antenna of the same type, model and manufacturer; and
               (d)    the antenna used with each fixed transmitter is located on the same structure and within 20 metres of the phase centre of all antennas within the group of radiocommunications transmitters; and
                (e)    the identification number assigned by the ACMA to the antenna used with each radiocommunications transmitter is the same.
         (2)   A radiocommunications transmitter must not belong to more than one group of radiocommunications transmitters.
         (3)   The location of a group of radiocommunications transmitters is worked out in accordance with Schedule 1.
7              Group of radiocommunications receivers
         (1)   In this Determination, two or more fixed receivers are a group of radiocommunications receivers if:
                (a)    the receivers are operated for the purpose of communicating with the same radiocommunications transmitter or same group of radiocommunications transmitters; and
               (b)    each has an antenna of the same type, model and manufacturer; and
                (c)    the antenna used with each fixed receiver is located on the same structure and within 20 metres of the phase centre of all antennas within the group of radiocommunications receivers; and
               (d)    the identification number assigned by the ACMA to the antenna used with each radiocommunications receiver is the same.
         (2)   A radiocommunications receiver must not belong to more than one group of radiocommunications receivers.
         (3)   The location of a group of radiocommunications receivers is worked out as if it were a group of radiocommunications transmitters under Schedule 1.
8              Unacceptable level of interference
(1)  A level of interference caused by a radiocommunications transmitter operated under a spectrum licence issued for the 700 MHz band is unacceptable if:
                (a)                the operation results in a breach of a core condition of the licence relating to the maximum permitted level of radio emission from the radiocommunications transmitter:
            (i)   outside the parts of the spectrum, the use of which is authorised by  the licence; or
(ii)  outside the geographic area of the licence; or
               (b)                subject to subsection (2) – any part of the device boundary of the transmitter lies outside the geographic area of the licence; or
                (c)    the device boundary of the transmitter cannot be calculated in accordance with Part 1 of Schedule 2.
(2)   A level of interference mentioned in paragraph (1)(b) is not unacceptable in relation to a part of the device boundary that:
                (a)    lies outside the boundary of the Australian Spectrum Map Grid; and
               (b)                is connected to a radial that:
(i)                  is mentioned in Part 1 of Schedule 2; and
(ii)                does not cross the geographic area of another licence.
         (3)   Without limiting subsection (1), a radiocommunications transmitter that operates in the 700 MHz lower band is taken to cause unacceptable interference if it has an effective antenna height greater than 10 metres.
Note The ACMA does not intend to require the registration of certain radiocommunications transmitters described in the relevant condition included in a 700 MHz band spectrum licence which exempts those transmitters from the requirement to be registered.
9              Accuracy
Unless otherwise specified, the value of a parameter in Schedules 2 and 3 must be estimated with a level of confidence not less than 95 percent that the true value of the parameter will always remain below the requirement specified in this Determination.
Schedule 1     Location of a transmitter
(subsection 4 (1), 6(3) and 7(3))
1.       The location of a radiocommunications transmitter, (lt, Lt) is the location (by latitude and longitude with reference to the Geocentric Datum of Australia 1994) of the phase centre of the radiocommunications transmitter’s antenna.   
2.       The location of a group of radiocommunications transmitters, (lt, Lt) is the location (by latitude and longitude with reference to the Geocentric Datum of Australia 1994) of the centre point between the phase centre of each radiocommunications transmitter antenna within the group.
3.       In determining the location of a radiocommunications transmitter, the measurement error should be less than 10 metres.         
Note 1       The ACMA issues site identifiers for established radiocommunications locations available in the Register.
Note 2       The ACMA provides advice for determining the location and measurement error of a transmitter site in the document titled Business Operating Procedure (BOP) - Radiocommunications site data requirements available from the ACMA website.
Schedule 2        Device boundaries and device boundary criteria
(subsection 4 (1))
Part 1          Device boundary of a radiocommunications transmitter or a group of transmitters
                    
1.             The device boundary of a single radiocommunications transmitter is established as follows:
Step 1      Calculate the device boundary criterion at each m × 500 metre increment along each of n-degree radials, where:
                       m has the values 1 through 154; and
                       n has the values 0 (true north) through 359. 
Step 2      For each radial, find the latitude and longitude of the first point (lowest value of m) where either:
(a)    the device boundary criterion is less than or equal to 0; or
(b)   m is equal to 154.
Step 3      The end point of each radial is the device boundary of the radiocommunications transmitter.
                                   Note 1         It is not necessary to calculate a device boundary for radiocommunications transmitters with a horizontally radiated power less than or equal to 23 dBm per occupied bandwidth in the lower band or 30 dBm per occupied bandwidth in the upper band as the ACMA does not intend to require these radiocommunications transmitters to be registered (see subsection 69(2) of the Act and the licence conditions relating to registration of devices under the spectrum licence).    
                                   Note 2         The device boundary criterion is calculated under Part 2.
2.             For a group of radiocommunications transmitters the device boundary is to be calculated as if for a single radiocommunications transmitter. The radiated power (RP) for the group of radiocommunications transmitters is taken:
          (a)     to be equal for each bearing fn; and
          (b)     to have a value that is equal to the maximum horizontally radiated power, in any direction, of any radiocommunications transmitter in the group.
 
 
 
 
Part 2          Device boundary criterion
1.       The device boundary criterion is the value of the mathematical expression:
 
RP - MP
          where:
 
MP
:
PL(lmn,Lmn) + LOP - Gr
 

RP
:
is the horizontally radiated power, measured in dBm EIRP per 30 kHz, for each bearing, σn,

LOP
:
is the radiocommunications receiver level of protection, set to - 118 dBm per 30 kHz,

Gr
:
is the nominal radiocommunications receiver antenna gain including feeder loss set to 0 dBi,

PL(lmn, Lnm)
:
is the propagation loss (dB) set out in Part 3 of the mth increment on the nth radial.
 

 
Part 3         Calculation of propagation loss
1.             In calculating PL(lmn, Lnm):
 
f
:
centre frequency of transmitter (megahertz)
 

hgr
:
is the nominal receive antenna height above ground level being 1.5 metres
 

:
is the transmit effective antenna height (metres) as defined in Schedule 3
 

d(lmn, Lmn)
:
is the distance in kilometres between the location of the transmitter, (lt, Lt), and the mth increment on the nth radial (lmn, Lmn).

 
if  < 1.5 metres, then = 1.5 metres; or
if > 500 metres then = 500 metres.
 
2.             The propagation loss for the mth increment on the nth radial is established as follows:
                Step 1:      Calculate the constants required
 
 
 
 
Step 2:     Calculate the propagation loss for the mth increment on the nth radial
 
Schedule 3     Ground and effective antenna height
(subsection 4 (1))
Part 1          Effective antenna height of a transmitter
1.      If:
(a)    hgt is the vertical height in metres of the phase centre of the fixed transmitter’s antenna measured with an error of less than 5 parts in 100 and relative to the point:
                                i.            located on the line of intersection between the external surface of the structure supporting the antenna and the surface of the ground or sea; and
                              ii.            having the lowest elevation on that line;
(b)   hsis the sum of the DEM-9S cell height of the location of the radiocommunications transmitter as defined in Schedule 1 and hgt; and
(c)     is the average ground height of the DEM-9S at each m-increment on each n-radial as calculated in accordance with Part 1;
 
Then the effective antenna height is  (as shown in Diagram 1) except when  is less than , in which case  is .
 
2.      For a group of radiocommunications transmitters, hgt is the greatest of the hgt for each individual transmitter in the group, calculated as in (a).
 
3.      If the latitude or longitude of the radiocommunications transmitter as defined in Schedule 1 has a modulus of zero when divided by 0.0025, then hsis the sum of hgt and the maximum height of the adjacent DEM-9S cells.
 
Note       Additional information for the purpose of calculating hs where the latitude or longitude of the radiocommunications transmitter as defined in Schedule 1 correspond to a DEM-9S cell boundary is provided in the document titled ‘Digital Elevation Model Interpretation’ available on the ACMA website.
Diagram 1     Calculating effective antenna height

mean sea level
          
Part 2          Average ground height
1.             The average ground height for the mth increment on the nth radial is calculated as follows:
 
Step 1:         determine the associated latitude and longitude of the mth increment on the nth radial as calculated in Part 3.
Step 2:         identify the DEM-9S cell represented by the latitude and longitude of the mth increment on the nth radial.
Step 3:         bound the identified DEM-9S cell with the 8 adjacent DEM-9S cells in a 3x3 matrix and obtain each DEM-9S cell height attribute (as shown in Diagram 2).
Step 4:         determine the average value of height from the 3x3 matrix.
 
2.              If the latitude or longitude of the mth increment on the nth radial as calculated in Part 3 has a modulus of zero when divided by 0.0025, then the corresponding DEM-9S cell as identified in Step 2 above, is the minimum height of the adjacent DEM-9S cells.
 
Note  Additional information where the associated latitude or longitude of the mth increment on the nth radial as calculated in Part 3 correspond to a DEM-9S cell boundary is provided in the document titled ‘Digital Elevation Model Interpretation’ available on the ACMA website.
 
 
Diagram 2     Calculating average ground height
Part 3          Vincenty’s Formulae
 
Note  This implementation of Vincenty’s Direct Formulae uses the parameters from the GRS80 ellipsoid as referenced by the Geocentric Datum of Australian 1994.
 
1.         In calculating  :
lt
:
latitude of the fixed transmitter (decimal degrees)

Lt
:
longitude of the fixed transmitter (decimal degrees)

α
:
azimuth angle (decimal degrees)

d
:
separation distance to required point (m×500 metres)

a
:
semi-major axis of GDA94 (6378137m)

fl
:
flattening of GDA94(1/298.25722210)

b
:
semi-minor axis of GDA94 (a×(1-fl))

 
  
           
           
           
           
           
 
2.       Using an initial value , iterate the following three equations until the change inis less than 10-12.
            

 
3.       Then,
 
  
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