No decision yet on sought-after spectrum

TOM PULLAR-STRECKER
Last updated 10:48 22/11/2012

Relevant offers

Digital Living

Aussie anti-piracy push 'will see higher prices' Open Internet gaining ground on web rules Govts pressure Google for more user info Southern Cross boss still denies spy-tap Apple lets you delete U2 after outcry Dotcom's 'Moment' to test tech to the limit Get a grip and avoid buyer's remorse Heads in the cloud Scary auto U2 iTunes upload Be careful with pics stored on your phone

The Government has denied it has decided to postpone a decision on how to allocate the "digital dividend" radio spectrum freed up by the closure of analogue television until it hears back from the Waitangi Tribunal.

Maori claimants announced this month that they planned to reactivate a 2009 tribunal claim for a "fair share" of the radio spectrum and would seek an "urgent hearing" from the tribunal.

The spectrum, likely to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars, is wanted by telecommunications firms to launch 4G networks.

A source said the Government intended to postpone the decision on how it would dispose of the spectrum until the claim had been heard and the tribunal had reported back to the Government.

But a spokesman for Communications Minister Amy Adams said a paper on the allocation process was still before the Cabinet "so no decisions have been made".

Vodafone chief executive Russell Stanners warned last month that the roll-out of 4G technology could be delayed if the spectrum was not allocated by April, even though it will not be available for use until November next year.

Ad Feedback

- BusinessDay.co.nz

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content