Unfinished business in NZ 700MHz band

In Spectrum fight goes on and on Telecommunications Users Association Of New Zealand CEO Paul Brislen reports:

The Commerce Commission has again delayed giving clearance to Telecom to buy the last block of management rights for 700MHz spectrum.

From the outside it looks like another set of crossed wires between the Commerce Commission doing its job of promoting market competition and misguided government policy.

As Brislen writes in his blog post — and has told me often — the problem is that Vodafone holds about 300 MHz of wireless spectrum, Telecom NZ has roughly 200 MHz and 2degrees has about 100 MHz. This makes for an uneven market. There’s a danger 2degrees will be effectively shut out leaving New Zealand with two powerful mobile giants and one minnow.

To put things in perspective, that last chunk of unsold spectrum is only a couple of percent of the total.

Even though the 700 MHz band is the wireless equivalent of prime real estate, on its own it probably isn’t enough to tilt the balance one way or another. On the other hand, if the Commerce Commission wants to start unpicking the lack of competition in mobile phone spectrum, this would be a good place to start.

Moxie Video and podcast on commercialising science

Bill Bennett:

An interesting discussion on how well New Zealand commercialised science from the Moxie Sessions.

Originally posted on themoxiesessions:

Who says we are not innovative? Through the magic of Google Hangouts and the skills of Glenn Williams, we now have video from the Moxie Podcast so you can check out the whites of the speakers’ eyes, as well as the audio feed as usual.

So this is the podcast from the fourteenth Moxie session, held 2 April 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand.

The topic is:

How well does New Zealand commercialise its science? Are there missing bits to our system still, or is the creation of Callaghan Innovation the last big block? What are the relevant measures of success?


  • David Downs with interesting history
  • Russell O’Brien on better incubation
  • Brent Ogilvie with an investor’s perspectives

Interview by Glenn Williams.

Listen or subscribe to the series via iTunes or through the magic of RSS from http://moxie.libsyn.com/rss.

Listen now on Mixcloud.

Watch the video on YouTube.

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