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Tuesday, 23 August 1983
Page: 111

Question No. 267

Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for Communi- cations, upon notice, on 26 May 1983:

(1) Is mandatory quiet base equipment to be introduced by his Department; if so (a) when, (b) why and (c) at whose request.

(2) Will it be fitted (a) on all existing equipment, (b) only on equipment purchased after introduction of the requirement and (c) bring cost savings to his Department; if so how and by what sum.

(3) Can he indicate whether the fitting of such equipment is optional rather than mandatory in the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Mr Duffy —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) (a) Mandatory Quiet Base Station operation in the Land Mobile Radio Service is being introduced by the Department of Communications from 31 July 1993.

(b) As a means of significantly improving spectrum usage of shared channels by reducing the nuisance caused to base station operators having to listen to mobile and portable operators from organizations outside their network but who share the same frequency. Fitting of quiet base station equipment will also protect country base station operators sharing the same frequency in the VHF bands. This facility will enhance frequency re-use aspects of VHF mobile services.

(c) The introduction is a Department of Communications initiative and has been co-ordinated with the Australian Electronics Industry Association.

(2) (a) The facility is not required to be fitted on existing equipment licensed for operation.

(b) The facility is to be fitted to all mobile portable and base station equipment sold after July 1983.

(c) Cost savings are difficult to quantify. The incidence of interference investigations required to resolve problems within the Land Mobile Radio Service will be reduced, permitting scarce man power resources to concentrate on other important investigations, such as interference to sound and television broadcasting services.

(3) I am not able to describe with precision the legal arrangements in the United Kingdom or the United States of America.