Home > Projects & Auctions > Spectrum auctions > Spectrum auctions and results 1996 - present
Document Actions

Spectrum auctions

 

Spectrum auctions and results 1996 - present

From 1996 to the present, auction mechanisms have generally been used to allocate spectrum that is considered to be in high demand. These are outlined in the table below which includes a link to the individual auction results.

 

 Date

Auction/Spectrum details

Allocation method

Comments


June 9 - June 10 2015 Auction of unsold AM and FM licences (Auction 13a) Sequential auction This was a closed auction was carried out by Turners Group, for those parties who had expressed interest in the unsold licences from Auction 13.

November 27 - December 3 2014

Licences for AM and FM sound broadcasting (Auction 13)

Sequential auction

This auction was carried out jointly on the online platforms of Trademe and Turners Group. It ran for a duration of 7 days.

October 2013 – June 2014

Cellular management rights in the 700 MHz band (Auction 12)

Simplified combinatorial clock auction

Bidding in this auction was via email (bidders were also offered the option to deliver their bids in person). Also known as the 4G or digital dividend auction.

March 2009

Licences for FM sound broadcasting (Auction 11)

Sequential auction

The auction was held at a commercial auction house

October 2008

Licence for FM sound broadcasting licence in Christchurch (Auction 10a)

Sequential auction

This licence was offered but not sold in Auction 10. The auction was held at a commercial auction house.

May 2008

Licences for AM and FM sound broadcasting (Auction 10)

Sequential auction

This auction was an oral outcry auction held at a commercial auction house. The auction included some FM licences with restrictions as to local commercial broadcasting.

December 2007

Management rights for cellular at 2.3 GHz and 2.5 GHz (Auction 9) 

Multiple round ascending bid

Internet based auction

August 2006

3.5 GHz local area licences (Auction 8)

Multiple round ascending bid

This auction was for licences covering individual territorial local authorities (Council areas) at 3.5 GHz. There were multiple allocation rounds.

October 2004

Licences for FM broadcasting x3 at Waihi (Auction 7)

Sequential auction

This auction was an oral outcry auction held at a commercial auction house. The winning bidders and prices were:

  • Coromandel FM Ltd $35,500
  • B Gentil $34,000
  • Jyoti Import & Export Ltd $32,000

November 2003

Licences for AM and FM sound broadcasting and for VHF and UHF television (Auction 6)

Multiple round ascending bid

Internet based auction.

There were four separate schedules of lots which each concluded separately.

Schedule 2 was the final schedule to close and complete the auction.

December 2002 - January 2003

Management right for telecommunications purposes (1.7 GHz)

Closed Tender

This tender was for a single management right that was offered but not sold in either Auction 3 or Auction 5.

The tender was won by CallPlus Ltd for $31.000

July - August 2002

Management rights for cellular (900 MHz), Wireless Local Loop (3.5 GHz) and telecommunication purposes (1.7 GHz and 24 GHz) (Auction 5)

Multiple round ascending bid

Internet based auction

November - December 1998

Licences for AM and FM sound broadcasting and for VHF and UHF television (Auction 4)

Multiple round ascending bid

Internet based auction

July 2000 - February 2001

Management Rights between 1.71 GHz and 2.3 GHz, and licences for fixed links in these management rights (Auction 3)

Multiple round ascending bid

This internet based auction included 41 management rights and 995 licences and was concluded in February 2001. Also known as the ‘3G’ auction.

January - February 1998

Management Rights at 26 GHz, licences for VHF and UHF television and licences for FM sound broadcasting (Auction 2)

Multiple round ascending bid

Internet based auction

September 1996

Licences for AM and FM sound broadcasting and for VHF and UHF television (Auction 1)

Multiple round ascending bid

This auction was undertaken using a FAX based process


 

Last updated 14 August 2015