Initial, broad allocation decisions on 24 – 30 GHz have been made

Cabinet has made broad decisions on the 24-30 GHz radio spectrum range to enable the next phase of work.

The decisions are:

In the 26 GHz band:

  • the 24.25 – 27.5 GHz spectrum range will be primarily allocated for mobile use, with the option to include some satellite services in some areas under technical conditions.

The 28 GHz band will be split up into 2 portions:

  • the 27.5 – 28.35 GHz spectrum range will follow a sharing model between mobile and satellite services
  • the 28.35 - 29.5 GHz spectrum range will be primarily allocated for satellite services, with the option to include some mobile use under technical conditions.

The 24 – 30 GHz spectrum range is aimed to be made available for long term use in around May 2026. Those current satellite operators who hold licenses will be allowed to apply for extensions. MBIE will also be considering any new or additional licenses on a case-by-case basis in line with the existing rules and strict criteria will apply to ensure that this is compatible with the high-level allocation decision and does not prejudge future decisions.

This decision comes after a consultation in 2021, and RSM would like to extend thanks to those who provided feedback.

More information can be found here:

Future use of the 24 - 30 GHz spectrum