New Zealand Outlines Plans for 700Mhz Spectrum Allocation

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New Zealand's ICT Minister Amy Adams has announced the two sets of options that will be used for assigning the 700 MHz radio spectrum band between the successful bidders in the Government's recent auction.

One set of options for assigning which frequencies within the 700 MHz band each bidder will acquire will be used if the Commerce Commission decides in favour of Telecom's purchase of 2x20 MHz of the spectrum.

The other set of assignment options will be used if the Commerce Commission decides against the purchase by Telecom on competition grounds.

The Minister said that the assignment options have been announced in order to facilitate the timely deployment of new cellular networks using this spectrum.

2degrees, Telecom, and Vodafone were the only registered bidders in the auction. Each was offered the same opportunity in the initial auction round to buy up to 2x15 MHz at the reserve price of $22 million (+ GST) for each 2x5 MHz paired lot.

In the initial round, Telecom and Vodafone both purchased 2x15 MHz for $66m and 2degrees purchased 2x10 MHz for $44m, leaving 2x5 MHz unsold.

In accordance with the terms of the auction, the remaining 2x5 MHz lot was then auctioned between Telecom and Vodafone, and was secured by Telecom for $83 million, subject to Commerce Commission clearance.

An assignment auction round will be held in the coming weeks, once the Commerce Commission's decision is known.

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