Can Australian users agree on using a single frequency plan?

Toowoomba and any future gateways I setup will stay on AU915 - I still haven’t seen a proliferation of devices outside of EU and US as yet.

For rural situations we need as much power as we can get for maximum distance

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Perhaps we should take this offline however I would have thought Toowoomba, with access to all those surrounding peaks, would have been easy to cover with a few strategically places gateways on peaks. In such a scenario I would not have expected power to be an issue assuming the aerials are high enough above the ground to cover line-of-sight limitations.

Actually yes Toowoomba is ok, we now have about 4-5 gateways in a small city.

I also have gateways in Goondiwindi, St George, Dalby, Muckadilla (outside Roma), Felton and just north of Toowoomba where the range will be determine how many users (farmers) we can include in demonstration trials.


OK, I’m new to LoRaWan but can anybody tell me if there is a list of frequencies used by communities in Australia? More importantly, if I am buying gear, what device frequency should get?

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In general you will need to buy stuff marked 915mhz, some chips have a broad spectrum across 868/915.

Stay away from the 433mhz stuff for LoRaWAN in Australia


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It seems TTN is limited in channels by itself, better to read LoRa Alliance document [](LoRaWAN™ Regional Parameters v1.1rB)

I’m a little late to this party (only just saw the topic).

Some of you have heard this from me before…

The TTN community in Australia has been running AU915 since before it was a released standard. It was the first LORaWAN band plan released for Australia and at the time was the only band plan available. At the time I recall there were 2 gateways. One in Perth and one in Sydney. (we’ve come a long way!)

Since then the AS923 band plan was created, primarily for a bunch of Asian countries and also New Zealand.

Both AS923 and AU915 can be used in Australia and there are slightly different pros and cons for each.

One of the big attractions for AS923 is the ever increasing amount of ready-made devices coming out of Asia. Some of these vendors support both band plans, but many are just AS923. The market for AS923 is large, whereas our sparsely populated island paradise is but a mere 20-something million people.

I think we’re now at the point where the variety of AS923 devices is at least on par with AU915, but growing at a faster rate. All LoRaWAN module manufacturers have had AS923 support since 2017 (except for Microchip who were about a year behind everyone else)

An attraction of AU915 is that it already has wide community adoption and the possibility of using all 64 channels, compared with 16 in AS923. (currently TTN only uses 8 for either band-plan)

The reality is that market forces will prevail and customer demand will drive what happens. Australia will continue to have both band plans for the foreseeable future, and TTN and Meshed will continue to support both.

To that end, Meshed has started implementing dual-band gateways on the public TTN network. Both AU915 and AS923. You will see them popping up on the map (they look like 2 gateways at the same location) and we are encouraging growth of both band plans in Australia.

It would be nice to have just one band-plan, but both exist today and will do well into the future. If you are pondering which band-plan to implement in your gateway, my suggestion is:

  • If you are mostly interested in LoRaWAN for yourself, go with what the remainder of your community already has. Sydney (and soon Adelaide) will have pretty good coverage of both band plans.
  • If you are mostly interested in producing devices, make sure your device supports both and configure your gateway for either.
  • If you are mostly interested in setting up gateways for other people/organisations, be flexible, understand their requirements, understand surrounding band-plans.

Things which may help in the future:

  • Some South American counties have adopted AU915, which strengthens its appeal/community
  • New LoRaWAN standards (such as inclusion of CFList on AU915) help to improve flexibility and inter-operability between standards. Both band plans will probably continue evolving.
  • TTN v3, which has the potential to assign channels to devices on an individual device basis - details TBD

Some things which may hinder in the future:

  • Devices that have been hard-coded to particular frequencies
  • Devices running older versions of the LoRaWAN stack - ie 1.0.1
  • Devices using ABP

This is all just my (incomplete) opinion. I recognise this is a topic that some of us are passionate about and many of you have other opinions. Let’s discuss. Someone suggested an offline forum and I think that’s a good idea too.



Hi Andrew,
It appears I’m walking a path you once trod. Have your thoughts on this changed over the past year, and would you happen to have a copy of a TTN compliant AU915 matchx config file I could look at?


Not at the moment - my MatchX is supporting a private dev network right now.

If I recall I got a config file from MatchX themselves. The only thing I needed to do was turn off the “listen before talk” feature which was just blocking the gateway from transmitting. Bizarre as I am operating out in the sticks where the band is really quiet.

If you send me your current config file, I should be able to tell you what needs tweaking.

Hi Guys,

Following this old discussion, I’ve few questions regarding frequency plans that can be used in Australia, cause that do not sounds clear enough (from my point of view…)

  1. AU915 and AS923 are allow to be used as per the LoRa Alliance regional parameters specifications Rev 2-1.0.0 - Release of the 01/11/2019: --> Page 9


This part is clear, but if We check carefully AS923 in TTN Regional parameters here, there is two variants of AS923 for two countries group, and Australia is not there:

### AS920-923 --> known as AS-1 Band

Used in Japan, Malaysia, Singapore

### AS923-925 --> known as AS-2 Band

Used in Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Laos, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia

So, Where is Australia ? regarding a TTN usage.

If We check the frequency plans by Country webpage here, TTN doesn’t show AS923 for Australia:

Australia AU915-928

So We can use AS923, which one is the Official TTN one ?

  1. AS923 Dwell time configuration:
    LoRa Alliance asked end devices to be compatible with dwell restrictions (400ms duration) if enabled on the server, that has impact on Uplink/Download Payload size.
    Here are the question:

What is TTN servers configuration for AS1 and AS2 ?
On GitHub TTN configurations files:


is the DWELL settings is enabled or not on: ttn-handler-asia-se and meshed-handler ?

I am asking those question to know
what will be the payload size that I am allow to transmit at SF10 - DR2 on AS923 in Australia:
11 Bytes Max or up to 51 Bytes ?

Sorry for the long message, and critics regarding info availability, but things are easier when clearly specified.


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FYI: discussion on the a unified Australian frequency band for the public TTN network has moved to the Country → Australia forum category.

This would be the best to post to start from:

If you are on Slack and interested in these discussions make sure your add yourself to the #Australia channel in the TTN Slack (get your invite at

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