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Vodafone New Zealand Applies to Enter Radio Spectrum Auction

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Vodafone New Zealand has formally applied to participate in the country's forthcoming radio spectrum auction, the regulator has confirmed. Last week, Telecom New Zealand also announced it would participate.

As part of the auction rules, there are limits on the amount of spectrum each bidder can acquire. At the start of the auction, each bidder will be limited to acquiring up to 2 x 15 MHz (or three blocks) of spectrum. However, these limits may be relaxed to 2 x 20 MHz (or four blocks) as the auction proceeds.

Vodafone is seeking clearance to acquire the management rights to 2 x 20 MHz (or four blocks) of spectrum, should the acquisition limits be raised to this level during the auction.

The auction comprises nine blocks of 5 MHz paired spectrum in the 700 MHz band.

The auction is expected to commence on 29 October 2013.

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