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Review of options for 174-230 MHz

Submissions closed at
5pm on Friday, 27 May 2016
Consultation Document 2016 - Options for 174-230 MHz (Review of options for allocating spectrum in VHF Band III) PDF Document 344kb


In 2013, the spectrum between 174–230 MHz (formally known as ‘Band III’) became available for use. This was due to NZ switching from analogue to digital television broadcasting. In 2016 we consulted with industry on options of use for this band. We received several submissions that we considered before deciding the outcome for this band.

View individual submissions.


Outcome of the 174-230 MHz review

Three new uses for the band have been decided: Land mobile and the Internet of Thing have both been allocated 10 MHz, while the New Zealand Defence Force has been allocated 5 MHz.

Internet of Things and land mobile radio will each be allocated 10 MHz in the band and the New Zealand Defence Force will be allocated 5 MHz.

Spectrum has also been set aside to allow for a Digital Audio Broadcasting network, should a decision be made to implement this in future.

The new spectrum for land mobile radio (the G band) has been introduced following further consultation with industry in 2018. PIB’s 24, 39 and 59 contains the band plan, technical rules for the G band.


Final 174 184 MHz Land Mobile technical consultation October 2017 [PDF 635KB]

Consultation on spectrum for the Internet of Things will take place in 2018.

A band plan indicating the allocation of Band III by service is below:

[image] A band plan indicating the allocation of Band III by service

Last updated 10 October 2018