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.

Partial renewal of spectrum rights

In March 2019, the Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media announced that spectrum rights in the 2100 MHz and 1800 MHz bands will be partially renewed, to ensure mobile network operators can continue to provide 3G and 4G phone services.

For more detailed information, see the Minister’s press release, Cabinet Minute of Decision and Cabinet paper:

Beehive website — Press release: Spectrum rights renewed in 3G and 4G bands(external link)

Cabinet Minute of Decision: Renewal of Radio Spectrum Management Rights in the 1800 and 2100 Megahertz Frequency Bands [PDF 327KB](external link)

Cabinet paper: Renewal of Radio Spectrum Management Rights in the 1800 and 2100 Megahertz Frequency Band [PDF 2MB](external link)

Consultations — 2016 & 2018

We consulted New Zealand’s mobile network operators (MNOs) on the renewal of these bands in July 2016, and more extensively in 2018, to seek feedback on the options offered.

The options provided to the MNOs are outlined in the document below.

Renewal of Rights Options: Management Rights in 1800 & 2100 MHz [PDF, 344 KB]

To view the consultation discussion document and submissions received, see Renewal of management rights in 1800 MHz & 2100 MHz bands — consultation