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Current projects

Radio Spectrum Management undertakes a range of projects aimed at promoting efficient and economic growth-supporting uses of the radio spectrum.

Renewal of Management Rights in 1800 MHz & 2100 MHz bands

Management rights in the 1800 MHz and 2100 MHz bands expire on 31 March 2021. These bands are currently used by New Zealand’s mobile network operators (MNOs) to provide 3G and 4G services.

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Call for Expressions of Interest in commercial FM sound broadcasting licences

RSM invites interested parties to apply for licences for commercial FM sound broadcasting. This follows a Ministerial directive after Auction 13. To apply for licences, you need to use an Approved Radio Engineer.

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Preparing for 5G in New Zealand – technical consultation

5G, the next generation cellular mobile technology, is expected to increase mobile connectivity and support new services and as yet unimagined innovations.

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5G Spectrum roadmap

5G is the next generation of mobile communication technology. It is anticipated to significantly improve data speed and capacity for conventional mobile and fixed wireless broadband networks as well as providing opportunities for new emerging markets.

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174-184 MHz – Land Mobile Radio technical consultation

Interested parties are invited to comment on the questions raised by the consultation document and other matters related to land mobile radio services operating in 174-184 MHz.

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Renewal of Rights Options: Management Rights in 1800 and 2100 MHz bands

RSM is currently consulting with the incumbents on a number of generic options for the renewal of the Management Rights in the 1800 and 2100 MHz bands.

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Review of options for 174-230 MHz

The spectrum between 174–230 MHz (known as ‘Band III’) has been unallocated following the switch from analogue to digital television broadcasting in 2013.

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Review of the Radiocommunications Act 1989

A review of the Radiocommunications Act 1989 that was signalled in the ‘Radio Spectrum Five Year Outlook 2012 – 2016’.

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Last updated 12 April 2018