- The 700 MHz band will be allocated by competitive auction, as management rights commencing 1 January 2014 and expiring 28 November 2031
- New Zealand will adopt the ‘APT Band Plan’ for the 700 MHz band, consisting of 45 MHz paired. This will be subdivided into 9 blocks for allocation, each consisting of 5 MHz paired
- The auction will be subject to acquisition limits (or ‘spectrum caps’) of 2x15 MHz, which may be relaxed to 2x20 MHz during the auction depending on demand
- Successful bidders will be subject to both implementation requirements for spectrum purchased and a broader obligation to extend mobile cellular coverage.
The reserve price for the auction is a decision that will be announced by the government closer to the auction, and it does not form part of this consultation. The government is aiming to provide two months’ notice of the reserve price before the auction.
Full details on the consultation can be found here on the Radio Spectrum Management website