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Client survey reminder – we want you to tell us about our services!

This is a friendly reminder if you have not had the opportunity to complete the survey please do so now.

Your feedback is important to us and we would like to know how you would rate your last experience with Radio Spectrum Management. We will use the information you supply as part of our future planning work to help improve our services.

The answers you provide are completely confidential and any personal data (if provided) will not be revealed to any third party.

The survey will take approximately 5-7 minutes to complete and is open until Tuesday 6 May 2014.

Complete the survey today.

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Managed spectrum park applications received

Applications have been received for access to radio spectrum in the 2.5 GHz managed spectrum park band.  Potential uses for this spectrum include wireless broadband services.

Since November 2010, parties interested in utilising this spectrum have been able to apply for access on a first-come, first-served basis, but with sharing processes required to be gone through by applicants.

Applications have been received by the Crown Spectrum Asset Manager from:

  • KiwiMax Ltd for licences with coverage in the Nelson District Council TLA area, the Tasman District Council TLA area, the Selwyn District Council TLA area and the Waimakariri District Council TLA area.

Read more information relating to these applications in Notice 29 on the managed spectrum park section of our website.

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Radio controlled cranes

A recent radiocommunications interference case in New Zealand found a crane telecontrol transmission in radio spectrum issued exclusively to another user. The incumbent licence holder’s radio service was degraded and, not surprisingly, the crane control user also reported issues.

Radio spectrum is a resource which needs to be managed. The main management tool is radio licensing. The two categories of licence available for crane control (or other radio control or communication associated with industrial equipment) are General User Licences or assigned Radio Licences.

While no fees apply, General User Licence frequencies are not recommended for applications involving safety or critical functions as their use is not coordinated or protected from interference. Instances can occur where many users, including domestic users, can be in the same area using the same frequency bands at the same time.

Assigned radio Licences in New Zealand include channels for Crane Control and Bush Winch application. These are narrow band 12.5 kHz channels in sections of the EEX band (VHF) and FNX band (UHF).  Crane Control channels are generally reserved for cranes temporarily operating at specified locations - typically at construction sites. These licences are engineered to avoid interference, and licence fees apply.  Approved Persons are responsible for certifying these licences.

Enquiries about radio licensing can be directed to rsmlicensing@mbie.govt.nz.

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