Path cleared for 4G auction as Treaty claim on radio spectrum rebuffed

Amy Adams

ICT Miniser Amy Adams has welcomed the Waitangi Tribunal’s decision not to grant an urgent hearing of the WAI2224 claim regarding Maori interests in the 700 MHz band of radio spectrum.

“The Tribunal decision notes that the Crown has already had the benefit of the Tribunal’s advice on earlier, similar claims in making its decision regarding the allocation of spectrum,” Ms Adams says.

The allocation of the 700 MHz band of spectrum will allow the building of fourth generation (4G) mobile networks using the spectrum freed up by the switchover to digital television.

The auction is scheduled to start on 29 October 2013.  The start date will be confirmed after completion of the bidder registration process.

The government is also investigating the creation of a $30 million ICT development fund, focussed on the way government can help Maori leverage the potential benefits from new technologies. Cynics have seen the fund as a way of coopting support from National's partner The Maori Party.

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Sensibility prevails, glad the court is using their head.

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I hope they set aside some slices for public spectrum.

WiFi was an open source project that spawned from public spectrum in 2.4 GHz range since it was considered hard to work with due to opacity of this frequency to the ubiquitous water molecules ... look at how much wifi has given us.

Opening up some of the 700MHz spectrum for public use and innovation could give rise to many unforseen interesting inventions and technologies since the RAF side of UHF aerials and equipment is by now a mature technology.

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Go have a look at TV white space, which is an area of going interest world wide. In New Zealand, this is more likely at 600 MHz where the digital television services are now situated.

New Zealand has aligned to the APT (Asia Pacific Telecommunity) band plan for 700 MHz which offers long term large scale eco system of devices and base stations (for LTE services)

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Is it really an auction when their are only three parties bidding for 3 idential blocks?

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Now its time for national to throw out the $30m ICT fund.

About time Iwi used some of the billions of hand outs they have been given.

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This $30 million - who will get this money (and be held accountable ) ?

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