Managed Spectrum Park technical parameters consultation

In 2014 we undertook a consultation to define technical parameters for certifying spectrum licences in the Managed Spectrum Park (MSP).


The Managed Spectrum Park (MSP) was established in February 2009 to allow the use of the frequency range 2575-2620 MHz. It was designed to allow spectrum access on a local or regional basis subject to self-managed coordination and spectrum sharing.

No technical parameters or rules were established for the certification and creation of licences in the MSP. Approved Radio Engineers were only expected to assess the technical compatibility requirements as required by the Radiocommunications Act 1989 when creating and certifying licences in the MSP. We hoped that this would allow users to be innovative, flexible and technology neutral when deploying services in the MSP.

In the absence of common technical guidance, there were anomalies in the way licences were created. We therefore decided to define technical parameters and establish common licensing rules, in order to ensure efficient spectrum re-use within the MSP.


We commissioned an independent consultant to write a report on suitable technical parameters, which could be used to set up the benchmark of engineering criteria for optimum spectrum re-use within the MSP.

Proposed Methodology and Rules for Engineering Licences in Managed Spectrum Parks — Ian Goodwin October 2014 [PDF, 278 KB]

We used this report as the basis of a consultation in 2014. The consultation didn't address other aspects — such as licence fees, allocation rules, park rules, licence agreements or how the park was being used.

Submissions received

Submissions closed at 5pm on Friday, 19 December 2014. Four submissions were received:


The new rules for certifying spectrum licences in the MSP have been incorporated into PIB 39.

Spectrum Licence Certification Rules for Crown Management Rights (PIB 39)

The rules applied to new applications in the MSP, as well as any new or amended spectrum licences from 1 May 2015 onwards. All existing spectrum licences in the MSP certified prior to 1 May 2015 remained valid.