TUANZ anxious about spectrum

TUANZ is urging caution over the auction of 2GHz spectrum auction because of concerns one or two parties could buy and monopolise the spectrum.

TUANZ is urging caution over the auction of 2GHz spectrum auction because of concerns it could be monopolised.

"We're very anxious about the lack of specific safeguards for telecommunication users," says CEO Ernie Newman. His concern is that one or two parties could buy and monopolise the spectrum. "That's arguably more important than the [Maori] issue," he says. "We've no desire to see the auction held up but it's got to be done properly."

The government has rejected a Waitangi Tribunal decision that Maori have ownership rights over radio frequency.

The government has different interests from the user, he says. "It wants to maximise revenue and get it early. While we support the concept of the auction as the best way to sell the spectrum, we want it to go to the users who will make the best use of it."

The spectrum auction is due to begin on November 15.

As Computerworld went to press Newman had not managed to contact Communications and IT Minister Maurice Williamson to discuss his concerns.

"We've been trying, but he's on the campaign trail at the moment."

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