Walker Wireless says it plans to enter this month's auction for 3.4GHz spectrum in Australia.
The company has already been bidding for spectrum in the current New Zealand auction. Although Walker has invested substantially in technology and the lease of transmitter sites, it still depends heavily on public spread-spectrum to deliver its high-speed business Internet services - a use of that spectrum that has attracted some criticism.
Walker CEO Paul Ryan says the decision to seek spectrum in Australia is a first step towards developing opportunities throughout the Asia Pacific region.
The 3.4GHz spectrum is suited to the wireless local loop services and high-speed data links that are Walker's core product offering. The New Zealand company is one of nine bidders confirmed by the Australian Communications Authority (ACA).
Ryan says that in a number of respects the Walker Wireless network in New Zealand is a world leader.
"The basic broadband radio frequency technology is well-understood. However, we have applied Kiwi innovation across many areas," he says.
Ryan says Walker Wireless is establishing a presence in Australia. Its sister company Walker Datavision, a subsidiary of Walker Corporation, was established in Australia three years ago.
Walker has wireless local loop coverage in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch and plans to extend its network New Zealand wide within 18 months.