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Review of options for 174-230 MHz


In 2013, the spectrum between 174–230 MHz became available for new use. We consulted with industry on options of use for this band in 2016. Twenty submissions were received and considered before we decided on new uses for this band.

View the consultation document 2016 - Options for 174-230 MHz (Review of options for allocating spectrum in VHF Band III

View individual submissions


Three new uses were decided:

Land mobile and IoT were both allocated 10 MHz and the New Zealand Defence Force 5 MHz. Spectrum was also set aside to allow for a Digital Audio Broadcasting network, should a decision be made to implement this in future.

A band plan showing the allocation of services between 174 and 230 MHz is below:

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

Land mobile

In late 2017, we further consulted on detailed options for land mobile services between 174 and 184 MHz.

Read more about Land mobile

Internet of Things (IoT)

In 2018, we consulted with industry on the rules for deploying IoT devices between 210 – 220 MHz. Six submissions were received.

Read more about Internet of Things (IoT)

New Zealand Defence Force

After the initial consultation in 2016, we have returned 225 – 230 MHz to NZDF for defence purposes.

Last updated 10 December 2018