NZ consults on 5G as Spark conducts live trial

19 Mar 2018

New Zealand’s Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has launched a consultation into future 5G services and the allocation of wireless spectrum to support the new technology. The paper states: ‘The objective of this discussion document is to canvas the industry’s views on the key issues and actions by the government required to support the roll out of 5G technology. In particular, we wish to better understand the preferred spectrum configuration and optimal timing for spectrum release for 5G services, including providing for early technical and pre-commercial testing of 5G services in New Zealand.’ Submissions are being accepted until 30 April.

Meanwhile, domestic telco Spark has conducted what it says is the first live trial of 5G technology in New Zealand. A live test site has been switched on in Wellington, achieving download speeds of up to 9Gbps. Spark says it also plans to open a 5G lab in Auckland later this year. Equipment for the trial is being provided by Chinese vendor Huawei.