The Ministry of Economic Development is proposing to allow digital mobile radio services in the 800Mhz band, largely coexisting with and on the same terms as existing analogue services.
The band is used for data and short message services, tracking, privacy and security services.
The MED released a summary of submissions report on consultations today. 12 submissions were received, mostly from service providers.
"This paper finds there is increasing recognition that digital trunked land mobile radio services are the future migratory path for existing analogue services," the report says. "Digital trunked land mobile radio has the potential for contributing to New Zealand economic growth by providing more features and improved spectrum utility. The benefits include enhanced service quality and spectral efficiency, and such new features as data capability and encryption."
In summary, MED proposes that:
• digital technologies and emissions be permitted in the 800MHz TS band;
• digital services share the band with existing analogue services;
• a generic digital standard and such popular open standards as TETRA and APCO P25 be considered for co-existence in the band;
• the current 25 kHz channelling and 45 MHz duplex arrangement for new digital services be retained with a provision for 12.5 kHz separation. with any demand for higher bandwidth channels requiring separation greater than 25 kHz being considered at a later date;
• current analogue engineering parameters be applied to digital services;
• the current allocation rules be applied to digital technologies in the 800 MHz simplex TX band.