New Zealand: Devolution of Interference Management under a Management Rights System

New Zealand provides an interesting example where the devolution of interference management has been taken one step further. Under its framework of tradable “management rights”, a “management right” owner would essentially assume the role of the regulatory administration in setting boundary conditions for its “licensees” within the band it holds “management rights” for.

This approach effectively reduces the interference management burden on the administrative regulator. Nevertheless, it has been noted that in one case, the regulator had to intervene significantly:

  • Management rights for cellular bands around 900 MHz allowed the operation of AMPS and GSM systems in adjacent bands. Interference problems resulted and the regulator intervened by releasing spare spectrum to act as a guard band.

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