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Digital terrestrial television licences

Lower part of digital terrestrial television band now open for normal licensing

Cabinet has decided that the lower part of the digital terrestrial television band (510-606 MHz) can return to normal licensing arrangements. A moratorium on licence changes had been in place during the digital switch-over.

Broadcasters interested in licence changes or acquiring a new licence should refer to the Digital Channel Usage Table [52 KB PDF] and the Register of Radio Frequencies for information about the licences currently available and those in use. For technical specifications on DTV licences refer to PIB 39.

The upper part of the band (622-686 MHz) remains unavailable for licensing, pending a future Cabinet decision on allocation. No date has been set for that decision.



Consultation process

In April-May 2014, RSM sought information on the level and sources of demand for these licences.

The information request also covered issues such as price, implementation requirements, and allocation options. It proposed a return to the normal commercial licensing arrangements that were put on hold due to the television digital switchover, which is now complete.

In addition to the written submissions process, a workshop was held on Tuesday 20 May to discuss the issues.


RSM received 22 feedback submissions, which are available below.


Last updated 22 November 2016