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Fixed service review

Submissions closed at
12pm on Sunday, 15 March 2015


Fixed services provide the backbone to the digital economy, by providing long and short distance backhaul for telecommunications and broadcasting services across New Zealand.

The discussion document sets out a number of proposed rule changes governing the deployment and use of fixed services across New Zealand. It also sets out a number of proposed alterations to some fixed service channel plans.

Radio Spectrum Management sought feedback on the proposed changes, and a summary of submissions and individual submissions are available.

Fixed service review discussion document [1.1 MB PDF]



RSM received 17 feedback submissions, which are available below.

  1. 4RF submission [191 KB PDF]
  2. Chorus submission [181KB PDF]
  3. Kordia submission [549 KB PDF]
  4. Orion submission [170 KB PDF]
  5. Purchas Communications Ltd submission [33 KB PDF]
  6. RBA submission [259 KB PDF]
  7. RHW submission [189 KB PDF]
  8. RFUANZ submission [126 KB PDF]
  9. Houlihan submission [509 KB PDF]
  10. Spark submission [86 KB PDF]
  11. Spectrum Engineering submissions [430 KB PDF]
  12. Tait Ltd submission [78 KB PDF]
  13. Vodafone submission [285 KB PDF]
  14. Team Talk submission [140 KB PDF]
  15. Telco2 submissions [61 KB PDF]
  16. TUANZ submissions [249 KB PDF]
  17. TVNZ submissions [249 KB PDF]


Summary of Submissions


Next steps

After considering the submissions on the discussion document, the following changes were undertaken during the second half of 2015.

  • Digital services will be allowed in STL bands, where they were not previously allowed.
  • The minimum spectral efficiency will be raised from 1 bit per second per hertz to 2 bits per second per hertz on new services.
  • Equipment deployed for fixed service use operating between 6 and 38 GHz will need to meet EN 302 217-2-2.
  • ITU-R F 1191 must be taken into account when deploying a fixed service.
  • Re-labelling of fixed service bands between 2 and 15 GHz, to correspond to frequency related designators.


 Frequency  Previous band designator  New band designator
2700 – 2800 MHz OX 2G8
3600 – 4200 MHz P 4G
5925 – 6452 MHz R 6G
6430 – 7100 MHz T 7GL
7100 – 7425 MHz V 7GM
7425 – 7725 MHz U 7GU
7725 – 8275 MHz W 8GL
8275 – 8500 MHz Y 8GU
10.5 – 10.68 GHz H 10G
10.7 – 11.7 GHz Z 11G
12.75 -13.25 GHz X 13G
14.5 – 15.35 GHz G 15G


  • A minimum path length of 5 km for new STL services in the I band will be mandated.
  • No dual mono services will be allowed for new STL deployment.
  • The small number of nonstandard STL services in the I band will be moved.
  • Removal of the 6GxA (RxA) channels and 7GL (T) channels that are currently unused.
  • Grandfathering of services in the 8GU (Y) band with no new services permitted.
  • There will be four paired 59.3 MHz channels added to the 8GL band (W band).
  • The band edges of the 7 and 8 GHz bands will be aligned to match the relevant ITU-R recommendations.
  • There will be five paired 80 MHz channels added to the 11G (Z) band.
  • There will be an increase in the F/B radio for type 2 antennas in the 13(X) & 15 (G) GHz bands (for those links deployed in the seven defined metropolitan areas).
  • The unused 3.5 MHz channels will be removed from the 23 GHz band.

Changes have been undertaken to PIB’s 21, 22, 38 and 58. In addition, the General Licence conditions have been updated to reflect the changes.

RSM will be undertaking further work in a number of areas. These include reviewing the effects of additional 56 MHz channel to the lower 13 GHz (X) band, and reviewing the 10 G (H) band to see if SRD deployment can be undertaken.

Last updated 28 January 2016