5 Sep 2013

Govt outlines 4G spectrum auction plan

6:30 am on 5 September 2013

The Government has outlined how and when a portion of the radio spectrum will be auctioned. The reserve price for each of the nine lots has been set at $22 million.

From 29 October, companies will be able to bid for some of the 700 Megahertz band, which can be used to build the 4G of mobile networks.

The band is becoming free due to the nationwide switch-over to digital television.

Several Maori claimants to radio spectrum have filed papers with the Waitangi Tribunal.

They are seeking a recommendation after the Government refused to give them a portion of the broadcasting band.

They argue the Crown is creating property rights from the spectrum.