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Review of the 3.5 GHz band

Management rights and spectrum licences in Crown management rights 3.5 GHz band will expire in October 2022. This band is anticipated to be one of the main bands for early deployment of 5G services.

Currently there is limited use of the band. Radio Spectrum Management has attempted to work with existing rights holders to reconfigure the band to make it more useable. Unfortunately, a consensus on re-planning the band could not be reached.

The Minister for Communications has decided not to make renewal offers to management rights holders and licensees in the 3.5 GHz band and to continue the current moratorium on issuing new spectrum licences in the Crown management rights in the band. This will allow full re-planning of the band to occur.

Consultation with industry on future uses for the 3.5 GHz band, its configuration and allocation will start in October 2017.

Last updated 3 December 2018