Radio Frequency in NZ, August 2017

2018 CONFERENCE & GALA DINNER

The RFUANZ committee are excited to announce that the 2018 annual Gala Dinner will be held at St Matthews In The City, Auckland, on Wednesday 2nd May 2018. St Matthews is a two minute walk from Sky City & it's stunning Gothic architecture will create the perfect backdrop for another fantastic Gala Dinner.  We are calling for expressions of interest for the 2018 Gala Dinner Sponsorship - there are plenty of opportunities to suit a wide range of strategies & budgets. Please feel free to speak with Candice or Debby to discuss the best opportunity for your business. Please click here to download the Invitation To Sponsor 2018.  

The cost to attend the 2018 Gala Dinner are as follows:
Members - $130+gst
Non Members - $160+gst
Registration for the dinner will be available closer to the date via the Comms Connect & RFUANZ website. 

HAVE YOU BOOKED YOUR COMMS CONNECT AUCKLAND EXHIBITION STAND?

With the dates and venue selected, all details are now available for you to book your stand and sponsorship for the 2018 event. Make sure you lock in your position nice and early to take full advantage of the ongoing promotional campaign and website exposure. The move to Auckland will see many familiar faces as well as new delegates and exhibition visitors attend, some that you may not have met with previously, offering opportunities to develop new business. The Comms Connect team looks forward to speaking with you over the coming weeks about your requirements. 

IOT - SO WHAT'S NEW? 
BY LOGAN CAULFIELD 

Internet of Things (IOT), Internet of Everything (IOE), both buzz words of the minute. Confusing to some, scary to others, but what we as an industry group need to know, is that we have been delivering these sorts of systems for a long time now. Yes, ‘IOT’ has a more modern ring to it than “data over radio”, but RFUANZ members have been designing, deploying and supporting these long range, low powered, low band width networks to a range of customers for decades. SCADA & telemetry systems are case in point of this. What we now need to do, is shift our thinking. And collaborate. The “new” technology that seems to be driving this phenomenon, is a group of wireless (radio) technologies known as ‘LPWAN’ (Low Powered, Long Range). Current & emerging LPWAN technologies such as LoRa (an open standards technology), SigFox (a proprietary technology), and NB-IOT (a carrier based IOT technology) are all key technologies that we MUST understand if we are to be able to take advantage of the growing momentum of ‘IOT’. It is then up to us as a traditional Radio Users industry to leverage our knowledge and expertise we have, and work alongside these new technologies. Click here to read more...

NEW RADIO SPECTRUM LICENCE FEE FROM OCTOBER

Radio Spectrum Management announced that the date its simplified fee regime will take effect is 1 October 2017. Most commercial and amateur licence users won’t need to do anything for the move to the new fee structure. Licensees will automatically be moved into one of the four new fee categories and see this change reflected on invoices and the Register of Radio Frequencies. A letter will be sent to those land mobile licensees holding multiple transmitter location licences to confirm which fee class will apply to their licence. More information can be found here.