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Spectrum Outlook for 2017-2021

Submissions closed at
5pm on Wednesday, 15 February 2017


MBIE released a draft version of the Five-Year Spectrum Outlook in December 2016 for industry feedback. Submissions closed in February 2017.

MBIE has considered the submissions received and has integrated the feedback into the final version.

Read the Five-Year Spectrum Outlook 2017-2021 [1.4 MB PDF]

The Five-Year Spectrum Outlook provides industry with an overview of Radio Spectrum Management’s recent activities, discusses emerging developments in wireless communications and reports on international spectrum decisions relevant to New Zealand’s management of radio spectrum. It also provides an indicative work programme for RSM for the period 2017-2021.

The Five-Year Spectrum Outlook 2017-2021 covers the following topics:

  1. overview of the New Zealand spectrum management framework;
  2. discussion on industry trends (spectrum for mobile broadband in particular);
  3. discussion on wireless technology developments across major sectors;
  4. major activities carried out by RSM recently; and
  5. indicative RSM work programme for the period 2017-2021.

Spectrum allocations are internationally governed and negotiated through a consensus-based regime driven by the Member States of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Therefore, another key aspect covered in the report considers the outcomes of international decisions on spectrum allocations. These relate to the most recent Treaty making conference – the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15). The Outlook also explores the proposed spectrum allocations, relevant to New Zealand, for the upcoming Treaty-making Conference in 2019 (WRC-19)


Last updated 12 September 2018