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Change to deadline for the phase-out of 25 kHz Land Mobile Radio (LMR) channels

A deadline of 1 November 2015 for the phase-out of 25 kHz LMR channels was set in 2009 to promote more efficient use of LMR bands, reduce congestion, and align New Zealand with international practice.

We have recently reviewed the deadline and have extended it to 31 December 2019 for all LMR licences operating in frequencies above 470 MHz (F band and TS band). This is because the level of congestion in the F and TS bands is not significant at this time.

The current deadline of 1 November 2015 still applies to 25 kHz LMR licences operating in frequencies below 470 MHz (E, C and D bands). On 1 November 2015, all 25 kHz LMR licences operating in frequencies below 470 MHz will be revoked (except for licences used for SCADA and Data services in C and D band).

The Radio Licence Policy Rules (PIB 58) has been updated to reflect the change to the phase-out deadline.

 

Last updated 8 September 2015