Government approves 2.3GHz-2.5GHz spectrum auction

2 Nov 2007

The government of New Zealand has approved an auction for radio spectrum in the 2.3GHz and 2.5GHz bands, reports Telecompaper, citing the country’s Communications and IT Minister David Cunliffe as saying. The spectrum auction will involve the sale of up to four nationwide blocks, suitable for WiMAX service providers which, when combined with the government’s so-called ‘managed spectrum park’, allows for a total of six or more service providers in any given area. A total of four additional nationwide blocks, suitable for either advanced mobile cellular services, or additional WiMAX type use will also be auctioned. Amongst its proposals, the government has set a limit of 40MHz of spectrum per bidder and set aside special opportunities for Maori representatives to participate in. The auction is slated for 11 December.

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