The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment's (MBIE) success in managing our radio spectrum so it meets the needs of rapidly evolving technologies was recognised this week with an international award.
The 2013 Spectrum for Mobile Broadband Award was announced as part of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The judging panel commended MBIE for demonstrating the “highest achieving strategy in ensuring the transparent and stable long term ability” to meet increasing spectrum demand.
The award reflects the future-focussed approach that has been taken by the Radio Spectrum teams. Policy and Planning Manager Len Starling said the award reflected the efforts of current and past staff. In particular, Sanjai Raj, Wayne Wedderspoon, Jim Stevenson and Ian Hutchings were instrumental in establishing the successful frameworks which paved the way for this award.
The award was given by the GSMA (Groupe Speciale Mobile Association), an industry group representing over 800 mobile operators from more than 220 countries, as well as equipment vendors, handset manufacturers, software developers, and internet companies.
Entries for the Spectrum for Mobile Broadband Award were judged on the following criteria:
development of regulatory and policy framework that balances government and investor needs
demonstrated vision in the management of spectrum resources
demonstrated good practice in government transparency and public consultation
development and/or implementation of stable long-term spectrum policy
demonstrated cross departmental or organisational collaboration to address challenges.
Communications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams has publicly congratulated the team.
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