Clear to join in spectrum auction

Clear Communication is joining the radio spectrum auction - but won't reveal yet if it plans to bid for 2G or 3G lots.

Clear Communication is joining the radio spectrum auction

Clear said before the auction began that it was happy with its existing wireless capability, based around LMDS spectrum it had already acquired.

But chief executive Peter Kaliaropoulos said yesterday afternoon that, after a review of itsstrategic options, Clear had chosen to take a stronger position in the growing mobile market.

Kaliaropoulos said that for strategic reasons Clear would not reveal whether it was interested in 2G or 3G spectrum, or both.

He said Clear believes the New Zealand market offers ample room for growth and for innovation in terms of mobility technology and solutions. The company now aims to expand its range of mobile and wireless solutions – which are currently a small LMDS rollout, an Internet product based on overcrowded 2.4GHz public frequencies and a reselling agreement with Vodafone.

Kaliaropoulos said the decision "closely aligns Clear's strategy with BT's stated goal of becoming a global leader in wireless, broadband and IP."

While opponents of the recommendations of the government's Ministerial Inquiry into Telecommunications have said recently that the regulation proposed by the inquiry would dissuade telecommunications companies from investing in infrastructure, Kaliaropoulos said Clear took the opposite view.

"Our investment intentions have been encouraged by the industry framework proposed by the inquiry. That framework, if implemented, will provide the certainty that underlies a positive environment for global investment in New Zealand telecommunications."

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