Following a consultation in 2021, New Zealand’s government has made a broad decision regarding the long-term allocation of the 24GHz-30GHz spectrum range. The move is intended to provide the mobile and satellite industries with certainty as the authorities work towards making the spectrum available for long-term use in 2026.

In the 26GHz band, the government has allocated the 24.25GHz–27.5GHz spectrum range primarily for mobile use, with the option to include some satellite services in certain areas under technical conditions. The 28GHz band, meanwhile, will be split into two portions: the 27.5GHz-38.35GHz range will follow a sharing model between mobile and satellite services; and the 28.35GHz-29.5GHz range will be primarily allocated for satellite services, with the option to include some mobile use under technical conditions.

A work programme including technical work, industry consultation, engagement with the Interim Maori Spectrum Commission, and assignment processes, regulatory design and further decision making, will occur between now and 2026, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) explained in a statement. Satellite service providers who hold current licences will be allowed to apply for extensions until May 2026.

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