Projects & Auctions
Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) Policy and Planning is responsible for the planning of New Zealand radio spectrum bands and channels, and the initial allocation of commercial rights and licences.
In this section find out about current and past projects that RSM are involved in and the public consultations RSM often run before policy decisions on allocations are made.
The Radiocommunications Act 1989 enabled the creation of property rights for spectrum and also the use of market driven allocation mechanisms for the distribution of the newly created rights. A variety of allocation methods have been used, with auctions favoured for allocations of significant commercial value. The specific auction design has depended on the nature of the rights on sale and the policies of the time. Read more about past and present auctions in this section.
From time to time Radio Spectrum Management seeks public comment on a specific issue through a formal consultation process. When this happens we publish a consultation document and ask for feedback.
There are a number of projects that are currently being undertaken by Radio Spectrum Management
Projects that Radio Spectrum Management have completed include the Digital Dividend, which has freed up spectrum for new cellular services, and the Radio Spectrum Five Year Outlook (2012-2016).
A brief introduction into the process of spectrum auctions in New Zealand, including the report Spectrum Auction Design in New Zealand.
A folder containing archived projects and auctions. Please note that this content has been archived and may not be current. For the latest information please search this site.