Spectrum rights renewals in 1800 MHz and 2100 MHz bands

Published: 12 March 2019

Existing spectrum rights in the 2100 MHz and 1800 MHz bands will be mostly renewed to ensure mobile network operators can continue to provide 3G and 4G phone services, while freeing up some spectrum for other uses, the Government has announced.

Spectrum is a limited resource and the rights to use spectrum in these two bands only come up for renewal every 20 years.

Cabinet has agreed to renew rights for most of the spectrum in these bands to current holders Spark, Vodafone and 2degrees when their rights expire in 2021.

Hautaki Limited, part of a charitable trust dedicated to boosting Māori participation in the ICT sector, will be offered full renewal of its existing 2100 MHz rights.

Telstra’s rights in the 2100 MHz band are not currently being used and will not be renewed.

Read the full news release(external link) on the Beehive website

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