NZ RSM's November spectrum update

By Jonathan Nally
Friday, 02 November, 2018

NZ RSM's November spectrum update

New Zealand’s Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) has issued a reminder that devices that operate on the Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS) frequency band are illegal to supply and operate in NZ.

Such devices are designed to operate on US-allocated frequencies between 151 and 154 MHz. In New Zealand these frequencies are allocated to land mobile services and need a licence crafted by an engineer. Operating a MURS device in NZ can cause interference to critical radio services.

Examples of MURS radio devices include: low-power, handheld two-way radios; animal tracking devices; short-range intercoms; and range extenders for smartphones.

Those planning to import or buy equipment operating in the frequency range 151–154 MHz should first check with RSM. Infringement penalties for importing or operating a MURS device range from NZ$350 to NZ$1700, and prosecution is likely for serious non-compliance.

RSM has also reminded suppliers wanting to import, supply or sell radio transmitting equipment, including unrestricted two-way radios, that they must apply for a licence to supply radio transmitters. The licence is free and can applied for by completing the relevant ‘Licence to supply’ online form (individual or organisation).

RSM will send successful applicants an email confirming they have been added as a client in the Register of Radio Frequencies. If the application is not successful, RSM will contact the applicant.

Amateur radio operators or suppliers wanting to import unrestricted two-way radios must hold a licence to supply radio transmitters. Those operators or suppliers must email RSM at to continue with their application.

In other news, RSM is consulting on rules for a three-year testbed for IoT use, between 210 and 220 MHz. This is part of the review of the 174–230 MHz spectrum freed up from the switch-off of analog television.

Interested parties are invited to comment on the proposed rules, with submissions due by 5 pm on Friday, 30 November 2018.

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