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(ARCHIVED) Management rights for cellular at 2.3 & 2.5 GHz (Auction 9) - December 2007


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Radio spectrum Auction 9, Management rights for cellular at 2.3 & 2.5 GHz, successfully concluded on Tuesday 18 December 2007.

The online auction process was a multiple round process for eight lots of spectrum – four nationwide lots suitable for WiMAX type services (two in the 2.3 GHz band and two in the 2.5 GHz band) and four nationwide lots suitable for either WiMAX or cellular type services.

Commencing with 10 participants on 11 December 2007, the auction was completed after 30 rounds. There were six provisionally successful bidders and the total value of their bids was $4,374,333.

The successful bidders for the lots in Auction 9 were as follows:
 

       

 Provisionally Successful Bidder

 

Lot number

Lower boundary

Upper boundary

Lot size (MHz)

Number

Name

Lot value

1 2300 MHz 2335 MHz 35 904 Kordia Ltd $593,333
2 2335 MHz 2370 MHz 35 910 Woosh Wireless Ltd $650,000
3 2500 MHz 2520 MHz 20 903 Craig Wireless Systems Ltd $555,000
4 2520 MHz 2540 MHz 20 907 Telecom Leasing Ltd $456,000
5 2540 MHz 2575 MHz 35 909 Vodafone Mobile NZ Ltd $670,000
6 2620 MHz 2640 MHz 20 903 Craig Wireless Systems Ltd $500,000
7 2640 MHz 2660 MHz 20 907 Telecom Leasing Ltd $450,000
8 2660 MHz 2690 MHz 30 901 Blue Reach Ltd $500,000

 

Background

In November 2006, Cabinet decided to reconfigure the 2.3 GHz spectrum rights and to allocate new rights by auction.

On 10 April 2007, the then Ministry of Economic Development (MED) (now part of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)) released a discussion paper for industry feedback on options for the design of a 2.3 GHz spectrum auction. After careful consideration of stakeholders’ submissions, and to provide early certainty for investment in new broadband wireless access services using this spectrum, Cabinet decided in May 2007 to jointly auction 2.3 GHz and 2.5 GHz spectrum in December 2007, following decisions at the World Radio Conference.

On 17 August the MED released a discussion paper for public comment and feedback. It outlined options for a joint auction of spectrum at the 2.3 GHz and 2.5 GHz bands. Forty-one submissions were received from technology suppliers, existing and potential New Zealand operators, and existing users of the 2.5 GHz band.
On 29 October, Cabinet agreed to the final auction design for radio spectrum at the 2.3 GHz and 2.5 GHz bands, and an auction start date of 11 December 2007.

In addition to the auction of eight lots of spectrum, two further lots of spectrum were also made available as part of the allocation process for radio spectrum in these bands. A 45 MHz lot was reserved for a "managed spectrum park", which was the subject of further consultation in 2008. Also, a nationwide lot of 25 MHz was reserved for Maori. The Minister of Maori Affairs offered this lot to Hautaki Ltd.
 

Auction 9 documentation

 

Cabinet documents

 

2.5 GHz Managed Spectrum Park

This page is a record of the first allocation of licences in the Managed Spectrum Park (MSP).

Read more about 2.5 GHz Managed Spectrum Park

Last updated 9 December 2014