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APWPT microphone frequency information

Generally approved

Wireless audio devices are permitted to operate in New Zealand between the frequencies of 510 MHz and 606 MHz and between 622 MHz and 698 MHz, under class licence provisions which limit maximum e.i.r.p. to 250 mW and can operate on blocks used by DTV on the “no interference – no protection” basis.

At the time of writing no DTV channels are planned to operate between 622 MHz and 698 MHz from March 11th, 2015, however the lower block between 526 MHz – 606 MHz is used for DTV throughout most of the country. TV Channels in New Zealand are 8 MHz wide, and in some places frequencies of operation start at 510 MHz.

Operation under the General User Licence is as a secondary service, sharing with DTV transmission, on the basis that you do not operate on the same frequency as a DTV service licenced in the location, and that you operate on a “no interference – no protection” basis.

From 11 March 2015, radio microphones (and other wireless audio devices such as in-earpieces) are no longer permitted to operate in the 698-806 MHz frequency range (the 700 MHz band).

Note 1: 502 MHz to 510 MHz may also be used with the maximum power limit of
-10 dBW e.i.r.p. which is equivalent to around 100 mW.

Operation under the class licence means there is no need to apply for a licence to operate equipment that complies, and there are no fees or charges applicable.


Further Information

Further information can be found here:

*http://www.rsm.govt.nz/cms/policy-and-planning/projects/radio-microphone-changes

* http://www.retune.co.nz

* http://www.wunz.co.nz

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One can download this information here: Frequencies for wireless microphones [996 KB]

Typical national spectrum use

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment systems, February 2014
Radio Microphone changes
From 11 March 2015, radio microphones will no longer be permitted to operate in the 698-806 MHz frequency range
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment: (September 2013)
UHF Radiomicrophones: Opportunities for future use
Summary of submissions and final decisions

PIB 21:
(March 2012)
Table of Radio Spectrum Usage in New Zealand

Spectrum policy overview:

Get the information here

Register of radio frequencies:
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National government address

Ministry of Economic Development

Postal address :

PO Box 2847
Wellington 6140

The physical address is:

33 Bowen Street
Wellington 6011

Homepage: http://www.rsm.govt.nz

The New Zealand Licensing Regime

Source: http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf09401.html

Present national discussion on PMSE

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
(September 2013)

UHF Radiomicrophones: Opportunities for future use

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Summary of changes and decisions

After analysis of the submissions received the Ministry is now in a position to make final decisions on the future spectrum available for radiomicrophones. The summary of changes and decisions are listed and are shown in Figure 5 below:

1) Radiomicrophone use in the 698 – 806 MHz frequency range will be allowed until 11 March 2015 on a non-interference basis. Use will be permitted through an incumbent General User Spectrum Licence within the digital dividend spectrum to be sold. Radiomicrophone use will be on a secondary basis and users must not cause interference to other licenced systems.

2) After expiry of the General Licence on 11 March 2015 all radiomicrophone usage in the 698 – 806 MHz must cease.

3) Long term use of frequency range 502 – 606 MHz will be allowed. Use is on a secondary basis where radiomicrophones must not cause interference to other licenced services. The frequency range 582 – 606 MHz will not be available until after digital switch over (30 November 2013). The Ministry is now working to allow use of 502 – 510 MHz and will advise stakeholders when this happens. These changes provide an additional 32 MHz of spectrum for radiomicrophone use that was not previously available.

4) Use of the 606 – 622 MHz frequency range will not be authorised. This is to allow for the outcomes proposed in the Māori Television Service (Te Aratuku Whakaata Irirangi Māori) Amendment Bill 2012.

5) Long term use of frequency range 622 – 698 MHz will be allowed. Use is on a secondary basis where radiomicrophones must not cause interference to other licenced services.

6) Use of 698 – 703 MHz frequency range or any of the APT guard bands beyond 11 March 2015 will not be authorised.

7) Digital radio microphones will be provided for in any new or amended General User Spectrum Licences. Note that digital radiomicrophones will not be permitted in the 698 – 806 MHz frequency range at any time.

8) The sale and supply of radiomicrophones in the 698 – 806 MHz frequency range will be restricted. The Ministry is considering a 1 January 2014 deadline for this.
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Get the documen here: Summary of submissions and final decisions [515 KB]

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Latest DTV roll-out charts available
(December 2012)

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These are the updated WUNZ Frequency charts illustrating the progression of DSO. As we understand things, this is our best interpretation of the allocation of Digital Television throughout the country.
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Source: Wireless Users New Zealand

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Radio Spectrum: Digital Dividend: Planning for New Uses of the 700 MHz band
(19th December 2011)

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The digital dividend is the spectrum in the frequency range 694-806 MHz, currently used for television broadcasts. This spectrum will be freed up by the switchover to digital television, scheduled to be complete by 1 December 2013. Accordingly, it is important to begin planning now for the allocation of this spectrum to new uses.
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Digital Dividend: Planning for New Uses of the 700 MHz band
(October 2011)

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The Ministry has commenced a public consultation process on the allocation of the digital dividend spectrum.
The digital dividend is the spectrum in the frequency range 694-806 MHz, currently used for television broadcasts. This spectrum will be freed up by the switchover to digital television, scheduled to be complete by 1 December 2013. Accordingly, it is important to begin planning now for the allocation of this spectrum to new uses.
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See also: Digital dividend FAQs

Workshop to Clarify Proposals

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The Ministry held a workshop on 8 September 2011, providing an opportunity for interested parties to clarify the proposals contained in the paper.
The Ministry's presentation, and a summary of the questions and answers raised at the workshop, are available for review.
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MED Presentation 8 September 2011

Summary of Questions and Answers from Workshop


Impact on Radio Microphones

Users of radio microphones and short range devices authorised under General User Licences should be aware that they may need to readjust the frequency of their equipment if the new transmissions in their area are likely to degrade their current performance. It is anticipated that most users will, however, not be affected, as much of the spectrum being used for the television transmissions has not been licenced for radio microphone use.
Source: http://www.rsm.govt.nz/cms/policy-and-planning/projects/digital-dividend-planning-for-new-uses-of-the-700-mhz-band/digital-dividend-planning-for-digital-television-and-new-uses

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beehive.govt.nz (16th September 2010)

Switchover to digital television by 2013

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The Government announced today that New Zealand will complete the switch to digital television by 2013.
Digital switchover will be phased starting with Hawke's Bay and the West Coast in September 2012. The rest of the country will switch over in three stages with an end date of November 2013.

Communications and IT Minister Steven Joyce says digital television technology makes much more efficient use of radio spectrum than analogue technology, freeing up a large amount of spectrum in the 700 MHz band for new uses.
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MINISTRY OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (14th October 2010)

The administration published in late October a review that was elaborated in June 2010:

Review of the Applicability to NZ of International Digital Dividend CBA Studies

Get the document here [618 KB]

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MINISTRY OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (December 2009)

Initial spectrum decisions – December 2009

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Boundaries

Submissions and international trends have confirmed that future mobile use should be between 694 MHz and 806 MHz, and 694 MHz is therefore the most appropriate boundary between the television and non-television uses in the UHF band.

This means that:
* 176 MHz (in the 502 – 694 MHz frequency range) will be designated for digital television use after DSO
* 112 MHz (694 – 806 MHz) above 694 MHz will be designated for new cellular technologies after DSO.

New Cellular Uses

The spectrum between 694 and 806 MHz is to be designated for new cellular technologies (fourth generation or “4G” technologies providing mobile phone and broadband services) after DSO. The next phase of planning is to finalise a technical frequency plan suitable for 4G usage, and following that, to determine a process for allocating the spectrum. The frequency plan needs to take account of what is being planned internationally, as well as the availability of equipment. This is to ensure that cost effective services and handsets will be available for use in New Zealand, and that both New Zealanders and visitors will be able to use international roaming services.

Radio Microphones

Radio microphones will continue to be authorised in the spectrum unused by television services in particular areas. In addition, there will be spectrum not able to be used for technical reasons to manage the risk of interference between different services (guard bands and inter-band gaps), and this will also be designated for use by radio microphones after DSO. Identification of these frequencies, and how they should best be used by radio microphones, will depend on the outcomes of further technical planning work, including the exact frequency limits and power levels.
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806-960 MHz band replanning


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A review of the non-cellular usage of the 806-960 MHz band of radio spectrum has been summarised in a discussion document that proposes changes to some spectrum allocations in the band.

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See also the 'Digital switchover – frequency allocations' at beehive.govt.nz

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MINISTRY OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (June 2009)

THE DIGITAL DIVIDEND IN NEW ZEALAND

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The
date for the Digital Switch-Over (DSO) in New Zealand is not yet finalised but is expected to occur in the 2012 to 2015 period.

..This paper identifies the background to the process, current and future work being undertaken by the Ministry and the time frames for decisions to be
made. The paper also documents a number of current working assumptions used in preparation of this paper. These may be modified following further
information provided by stakeholders, and decisions made by spectrum rightholders and Government.
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Get the document here

See also:

(August 2009)
The digital dividend in New Zealand - scoping paper

(May 2009)
Digital Switch-Over Workshop