Radio spectrum

We advise government on the allocation of New Zealand's radio spectrum and administer the Radiocommunications Act 1989 and supporting regulations.

We are committed to ensuring that our policy and planning processes, as well as our administration of the national Register of Radio Frequencies, licensing, compliance and enforcement, and radio frequency interference (RFI) investigation, are fast, simple and effective, and maximise the use of on-line services wherever possible.

More information

You can access the Radiocommunications Act 1989 and Radiocommunications Regulations 2001 on the NZ Legislation website:

Preparing for 5G in New Zealand

As part of our work managing radio spectrum, MBIE has laid the groundwork preparing for 5G through industry workshops and has run a public consultation process to discuss 5G spectrum bands and their future allocation. MBIE is also working with interested parties on technical and regulatory issues relating to 5G.

MBIE has produced a 5G information pack which includes information on the regulations and standards involved in the 5G roll-out. It contains links to existing government information including from the Ministry of Health and the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor.