Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


4G spectrum auction in third quarter, no iwi allocation

4G spectrum auction in third quarter, no iwi allocation

Feb. 21 (BusinessDesk) - The government will auction allocations for the radio spectrum band being set aside for fourth-generation, or 4G, mobile phones in the third quarter of the year, but won't have a sweetener for iwi.

Communications Minister Amy Adams said the auction process for the 700 megahertz bandwidth coming free from the switch-over to digital television broadcasting has been approved by Cabinet, and the blocks will be set according to the Asia Pacific Telecommunity band plan. The auction design will be organised over the next few months, she said.

"The use of mobile broadband services is growing at an enormous rate in New Zealand," Adams said in a statement. "Fast, reliable access to mobile broadband is enabling improvements in productivity and ease of business, and providing new applications for consumers."

In 2010, the government accelerated the elimination of analogue TV broadcasting in the 700 MHz range, with the digital switchover to be completed by the end of this year.

Freeing up use of that spectrum will provide a $1.1 billion to $2.4 billion boost to the economy over 20 years from cheaper deployment of mobile networks, according to Ministry of Economic Development research.

Adams didn't set aside a specific allocation for Maori, and will instead look at setting up a $30 million ICT development fund looking at how government can help Maori leverage potential benefits from new technologies.

Third-generation radio spectrum was set aside for Maori in the last major auction in 2000 under the Labour-led administration, which was the foundation for mobile phone operator Two Degrees Mobile.

(BusinessDesk)

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Media: Julian Wilcox Leaves Māori TV

Māori Television has confirmed the resignation of Head of News and Production Julian Wilcox. Mr Maxwell acknowledged Mr Wilcox’s significant contribution to Māori Television since joining the organisation in 2004. More>>

ALSO:

Genetics: New Heat Tolerant Cow Developed

Hamilton, New Zealand-based Dairy Solutionz Ltd has led an expert genetics team to develop a new dairy cow breed conditioned to thrive in lower elevation tropical climates and achieve high milk production under heat stress. More>>

Fractals: Thousands More Business Cards Needed To Build Giant Sponge

New Zealand is taking part in a global event this weekend to build a Menger Sponge using 15 million business cards but local organisers say they are thousands of business cards short. More>>

Scoop Business: NZ Net Migration Rises To Annual Record In September

New Zealand’s annual net migration rose to a record in September, beating government forecasts, as the inflow was spurred by student arrivals from India and Kiwis returning home from Australia. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Fletcher To Close Its Christchurch Insulation Plant, Cut 29 Jobs

Fletcher Building, New Zealand’s largest listed company, will close its Christchurch insulation factory, as it consolidates its Tasman Insulations operations in a “highly competitive market”. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Novartis Adds Nine New Treatments Under Pharmac Deal

Novartis New Zealand, the local unit of the global pharmaceuticals firm, has added nine new treatments in a far-ranging agreement with government drug buying agency, Pharmac. More>>

ALSO:

Crown Accounts: English Wary On Tax Take, Could Threaten Surplus

Finance Minister Bill English is warning the tax take may come in below forecast in the current financial year, as figures released today confirm it was short by nearly $1 billion in the year to June 30 and English warned of the potential impact of slumping receipts from agricultural exports. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand

Mosh Social Media
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news