4G spectrum auction to take place this year
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The government will auction 700MHz spectrum in the third quarter of this year, ICT Minister Amy Adams has announced today.
The spectrum becomes available following analogue switch off at the end of the year. It is valuable to mobile telcos wanting to deply 4G networks, which Adams says will enable “mobile broadband speeds up to ten times faster than today’s speeds.”
“Cabinet has agreed that the spectrum will be allocated through an auction, and that the spectrum will be organised in blocks according to the Asia Pacific Telecommunity band plan. Using this band plan will give New Zealanders access to a wide variety of phones and equipment,” says Adams
The design of the auction will be confirmed in the next few months.
There is a Treaty of Waitangi claim on all spectrum, but Maori stakeholders will not be given a specific allocation of the spectrum, says Adams.
“Instead, the Government is investigating the establishment of a $30 million ICT development fund, focussed on the way government can assist Maori to leverage the potential benefits from new technologies, and promote and support the language and culture in a digital world.
“The Government recognises the importance of Maori having opportunities to participate in the ICT sector - however, in keeping with the view of successive governments that spectrum is not a taonga, in our view it does not follow that Maori require further spectrum to be set aside in order to meet our shared objectives of the protection of language and culture.”
The final form of the fund will be considered by Cabinet following the successful completion of the auction.
Read first dozen words of article and tell me who has already claimed ownership?
Go back to your handkerchief and cry me a river.
My forefathers never cried like you people, you don't deserve social equality for such niavety. At least this allows Maori to advance with technology, and so we should in our own country.
Posted by Wiremu at 11:26:59 on February 23, 2013
What about Pacific Islanders or Fijians or Chinese or Korean or any other ethnic group do they not also deserve to "advance with technology".
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Posted by Graeme at 20:19:10 on February 21, 2013
You've got more balls than your Labour predecessor!
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