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Review of the Radiocommunications Act 1989 – Register for a workshop now

Last month we informed you that Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) has begun a review of the Radiocommunications Act 1989.  We are seeking views on how well the Act is working and what changes, if any, are needed.  A discussion document has been published outlining the issues being considered. We would like to remind you to submit your feedback by Wednesday 1 October 2014.

As previously advised, workshops on the review will be held in Auckland and Wellington. We can now also confirm that a workshop will be held in Christchurch. If you would like to attend a workshop, please register before 10 September 2014.

View the Radiocommunications Act 1989 Discussion Document

Register for one of the workshops

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Technical consultation on white space licensing

RSM has begun consulting on technical licensing and certification rules to allow the use of television white space devices. The draft rules have been designed to protect the interests of existing spectrum users. White space users in New Zealand would need to gain radio licences and conform to American or European Union device standards.

Feedback should be submitted by 30 September 2014.

Read the consultation document and find out how to make a submission.

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New issue of the “Spectrum Licence Certification Rules in Crown Management Rights (PIB 39)”

The publication Spectrum Licence Certification Rules in Crown Management Rights (PIB 39) prescribes the Rules that Approved Radio Engineers must follow when certifying licences in Crown Management rights.

Issue 5 is now available and includes updates as a result of the switch off of analogue television and the creation of new digital television management rights as well as other general updates.

Read Issue 5 of Spectrum Licence Certification Rules in Crown Management Rights (PIB 39)

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Managed spectrum park applications received

An application has 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.

An Application has been received by the Crown Spectrum Asset Manager from:

  • Netsmart Ltd, for replacement/additional licences with coverage in the Napier City Council TLA, Hastings District Council TLA, and Central Hawkes Bay District Council TLA areas.

Read more information relating to these applications in Notice 32 on the managed spectrum park section of our website.

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Prohibited Equipment Notice updated

On the 24th July 2014 the Prohibited Equipment Dog Tracking Device Notice 2014 was replaced with the Animal Tracking and Training Device Notice 2014 to include training devices as well as tracking. The Notice was introduced to address the supply, importation and use of equipment operating on United States MURs frequencies (151.820MHz, 151.880MHz, 151.940MHz, 154.570MHz and 154.600MHz) These frequencies conflict with licensed land mobile services in New Zealand and do cause interference to those services. New Zealand Customs is actively intercepting such equipment when and where it presents at the border.

Read the updated Radiocommunications Regulations (Prohibited Equipment – Animal Tracking and Training Devices) Notice 2014

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Changes are coming to the Radio Spectrum Management website

RSM will be launching a refreshed website in the coming months so we can offer improved services and search functionality to industry and consumers.

The restructured website will provide each RSM visitor with enhanced navigation to find the information and services they require.

The changes are in response to client feedback and evolving business requirements, and to more accurately reflect our regulatory, licensing and compliance work.  This will ensure that RSM’s work remains visible and relevant to consumers as well as the radio spectrum sector.

Our website address will remain www.rsm.govt.nz.

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