Allocation of spectrum at 3.5 GHz for broadband wireless access - Round 4
In December 2001, the government agreed to create and retain rights to two 3.5 GHz blocks of radio spectrum suitable for fixed (broadband) wireless access use. Licences were to be made available for specific geographic areas, typically for high speed internet connections in rural/provincial areas.
In March 2004, Cabinet agreed to release these blocks for commercial allocation. The Ministry of Economic Development released a discussion document outlining draft allocation proposals for public feedback and comment. A summary of submissions on the draft allocation proposals was released in July 2004.
In September 2004, an allocation plan was announced. The plan provided for the commercial assignment of area spectrum licences defined by the boundaries of territorial local authorities. The government has created two lots of licences in the 3.5 GHz spectrum band for each of the 74 territorial local authority areas, i.e. a total of 148 lots. Each lot comprises a pair of 7.5 MHz licences.
A first round assignment of 71 lots was completed in 2006. Fourteen applicants were assigned a total of 64 lots, and a further seven lots were allocated to Compass Communications Limited under Project PROBE priority.
Between November 2007 and March 2013, the government carried out two additional allocation round.
Allocation round four:
The remaining unallocated lots are available for allocation in round four from 1 July 2013
Further information on the application process can be found here
Information on the process of applying for lots unsold in allocation round four
Information regarding round 3 applications
Allocation round three took place from March 2008 – March 2013
Information on terms and conditions under which consideration will be given to granting a six month extension to the implementation period.
Released: 20 March 2008
Final results of allocations for round two.
- Example 3.5 GHz Implementation Statutory Declaration
- Second assignment round information
- Media statements
- Consultation documents
- Archived documents
Call for tenders from competing applicants - Information on the tender process for competing applicants
Package bid tender rules [262 kB PDF]- the tender rules for licence lots for which there are competing applicants
Bid solver - Information on how winning bids are determined
3.5 GHz allocation rules (2007) [128 kB PDF] – The relevant timing, technical information (including licence areas available) and process for assigning area spectrum licences in the 3.5 GHz band.
3.5 GHz application form (2007) [47 kB PDF] – Includes reserve prices and location of each lot.
3.5 GHz flowchart [25 kB PDF] – Sets out the process for the Second Assignment Round.
Statutory declaration – Sample statutory declaration text
Map of New Zealand – Territorial local authorities’ boundaries and information
7 November 2007 - Broadband services in rural and provincial areas – Hon David Cunliffe, Minister of Communications and Information Technology
12 September 2007 - More high-speed internet licences for rural areas – Hon David Cunliffe, Minister of Communications
Draft allocation rules - A discussion paper setting out draft allocation rules for the Second Assignment Round (September 2007)
Submissions – View the submissions received on the draft allocation rules for the Second Assignment Round (October 2007)
Access archive documents relating to allocation of spectrum at 3.5 GHz for broadband wireless access.