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WLAN use in the 6 GHz Band: Outcomes and Other Updates (August 2022)
The 5925 – 6425 MHz band is now available for WLAN use under the prescribed technical conditions. In addition, RSM has made updates for WLAN in 5150 -5350 MHz and for MGWS in 57 -71 GHz.
1700-2300 MHz Band Planning
The management rights (MR) for the 1700-2300 MHz band expire on 31 March 2021. In 2020, RSM consulted industry on re-planning options for the band. Those submissions have now been considered and decisions made.
Adding new usages to the short range devices GURL
Increased use of portable electrical appliances and mobile devices, like smart phones and watches, has driven interest in wireless charging.
Renewal of management rights in 1800 and 2100 MHz bands
Management rights in the 1800 MHz and 2100 MHz bands expire on 31 March 2021. These bands are currently used by New Zealand’s mobile network operators to provide 3G and 4G services.
Review of options for 174-230 MHz
The spectrum between 174–230 MHz (known as ‘Band III’) has been vacant since the switch from analogue to digital television broadcasting in 2013.
Allocation of spectrum at 3.5 GHz for broadband wireless access - round 4
Spectrum at 3.5 GHz was available for specific geographic areas between 2001 and 2016 for broadband wireless access. In 2016, this was suspended pending 5G spectrum allocation work.
Amendments to the Radiocommunications Regulations 2001
The Radiocommunications regulations were amended in February 2015. The changes improved our ability to deal with interference and the importing of prohibited and non-compliant equipment, and made our infringement offences and fees more consistent.
Digital television in New Zealand
New Zealand completed the transition from analogue to digital television on 1 December 2013.