(NZMIS) Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams has today announced that the Government intends to auction the remaining 25 MHz block of 700 MHz radio spectrum.

it_photo_123217Telecom and Vodafone each successfully bid for 215 MHz (three lots), while 2degrees successfully bid for 210 MHz (two lots) during the first round of the auction last month, leaving one 25 MHz block of spectrum unsold.

Telecom and Vodafone have both applied to the Commerce Commission for clearance to purchase 220 MHz. Radio spectrum management rights are deemed to be business assets and are therefore subject to the competition provisions of the Commerce Act 1986.

Bids for the final lot will be conditional on a bidders clearance application being granted. Final settlement of the auction will not occur until the Commissions process is complete.

Supplementary allocation rounds to auction the final spectrum block will begin on 26 November 2013.

All registered bidders (2degrees, Telecom, and Vodafone) are eligible to participate. Bidding will begin at the reserve price of $22 million (plus GST), and the price will increase in each round until only one bidder remains.

Under the auction terms, bidders who acquire three lots of radio spectrum must build at least five new cell sites each year, for five years.

However, for any bidders who win four lots, the requirement increases to ten new cell sites each year for five years.

The auction conditions are designed to ensure that at least 90 per cent of New Zealanders have access to a 4G network and faster mobile broadband coverage within five years.

4G mobile broadband services are capable of speeds up to ten times faster than existing mobile data networks, and are expected to help meet growing consumer demand for mobile data.

Indications are that by using the spectrum for 4G mobile networks, economic benefits for New Zealand of up to $2.4 billion can be expected over the next twenty years.

http://www.nzmis.maori.nz/government-intends-to-auction-remaining-4g-spectrum/

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