Spectrum allocations for smart metering in New Zealand increased


Steven Joyce,
Minister for
Communications &
Information Technology,
New Zealand
Wellington, New Zealand — (METERING.COM) — June 25, 2010 – More radio spectrum is to be made available for new and emerging commercial technologies, including smart metering, New Zealand’s communications and information technology minister, Steven Joyce, has announced.  

Radio networks used by smart meters along with radio frequency identification (RFID) systems such as those used in supply chain management will be among the main beneficiaries of the changes, with Joyce highlighting smart meters and RFID as technologies that can deliver significant benefits to New Zealand industry from productivity gains.

“Allocating more spectrum for these technologies will make it cheaper to deploy systems using them, and will encourage uptake,” commented Joyce.

The changes follow a ministry of economic development review of spectrum use in the 806-960 MHz band and a subsequent consultation with industry.

Immediate changes include:

  • 921.5-928 MHz – allow higher power short range devices to operate with a peak power of 4 W (currently restricted to 1 W)
  • 928-929 MHz – allocate for studio-to-transmitter links (currently allocated for short range devices and radio amateurs)

Further changes following a five-year transition period (to allow existing users to transition to a different frequency) include:

  • 915-921 MHz – allow short range devices (up to 1 W) and radio amateurs (currently used for studio-to-transmitter links)
  • 921-921.5 MHz – more frequencies for higher power short range devices to operate with a peak power of 4 W