Under the ACMA revised regulatory measures and new access arrangements for 1800 MHz in remote Australia, Challenge Networks has secured significant spectrum holdings in remote parts of Western Australia, South Australia, and the Northern Territories.

With the new licensing arrangements, 30 MHz of valuable LTE 1800 MHz band (LTE Band 3) has been set aside for use by enterprise and community groups (the remaining 45 MHz is reserved for existing national mobile carriers – Telstra, Optus & VHA). Band 3 is the most popular LTE band globally with a large device eco system.

“Challenge Networks, is delighted to secure 10MHz of LTE spectrum across important resource rich regions of remote Australia, including the Pilbara” says Simon Lardner of Challenge Networks.

“The new licencing arrangements will unlock huge productivity gains afforded by ubiquitous wide area mobile broadband coverage. Mobile access for voice and data with off the shelf devices such smartphones, tablets, modems etc., will now be possible. Security is guaranteed with SIM based authentication.  The Internet of Things (IoT), M2M, autonomy all of these exciting new technologies can now be provided over carrier grade 4G networks in remote areas for the first time”

In order to build secure and stable 4G solutions, access to licensed spectrum is essential. Challenge Networks strategy is to act as an enabler by removing all technical and regulatory obstacles to building these 4G networks in remote Australia.

We at Challenge Networks believe separating spectrum licensees from the underlying users and/or owners of networks, makes for a more efficient and fair use of spectrum. It prevents individual network users and owners, such as mining companies, holding spectrum for their own competitive advantage by blocking or restricting other users. With the natural spacing of mines and communities in remote areas, frequency reuse is easily achieved for the benefit of all.

“We are also very excited about the opportunities for remote communities to develop and manage their own network infrastructure. Standards based 4G solutions operating in virtual environments are now cost effective alternatives for these communities”

We can finally bring “broadband to the bush” adds Simon.