RSM invites EoI for short-term 5G allocations in 3.5GHz band

23 Sep 2019

New Zealand’s Radio Spectrum Management (RSM), which is part of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), has invited expressions of interest (EoI) for a proposed short-term allocation of spectrum in the upper portion of the 3.5GHz (3590MHz-3800MHz) band for 5G services. The RSM said that applicants need to demonstrate that they have the technical and financial capacity to deliver a 5G service from mid-2020 to October 2022. However, the watchdog noted that that the short-term allocation process would be separate to the allocation of long-term rights commencing in November 2022, and it would not guarantee placement in the 3.5GHz band from that date. All interested parties are invited to submit their EoI forms by 4 October.