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Management Rights

Management Rights cover a block of the radio spectrum. They are essentially the right to issue licences for the use of that part of the spectrum. Management Rights do not themselves confer the right to make any transmissions.

The Crown may retain the Management Right and grant Spectrum Licences to frequencies within the band, as is the case with most radio and television broadcasting bands, or dispose of the Management Right to another person who may then grant Spectrum Licences.

Management Rights used for cellular and fixed broadband wireless services have been sold to service providers, who then licence themselves to use the frequencies within their Management Rights. They may also licence third parties.

The government retains ownership of a number of Management Rights, including those covering the public broadcasting spectrum (radio and television). Licences are issued by Radio Spectrum Management on behalf of the government according to a mix of commercial and social policies.

Last updated 26 August 2015