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Allocation round four: 3.5 GHz licences call for applications

Introduction and background

In December 2001 Cabinet agreed to auction nine management right pairs of 7 MHz in the 3.5 GHz spectrum band, and to create and retain two further management right pairs. The 3.5 GHz band is one of several bands suitable for fixed wireless access use. Cabinet agreed that licences in the retained pairs were to be made available for specific geographic areas to promote local and regional broadband services.

After completion of the auction in mid 2002, eleven management right pairs in the 3.4 - 3.6 GHz (“3.5 GHz”) bands were registered to: the Crown (2 lots), TelstraClear Ltd (3), Vodafone Mobile (NZ) Ltd (1), Counties Power Ltd (2), and Broadcast Communications Ltd (3). These rights expire on 31 October 2022.

The two Crown-retained management right pairs were reconfigured as area spectrum licences defined by the boundaries of territorial local authorities. These were offered to interested parties at a fixed price, subject to contiguity conditions and an acquisition cap, with competing interests to be resolved by tender. Applicants were required to implement a wireless broadband service within two years. The Crown completed round one of the allocation in December 2006. At the conclusion of the round, 77 lots remained unsold.

The second and third allocation rounds for the remaining lots were completed in March 2008 and 2013 respectively, under similar conditions.


Applications for round four

Allocation round four has been suspended pending the outcome of a band planning process. If further allocations are permitted in future this will be communicated via the Radio Spectrum Management monthly business update newsletter and via this webpage. This suspension does not impact on allocation processes which have already been notified prior to 5 July 2016. 


Last updated 5 July 2016