Radio Frequency in NZ, December 2017

FREQUENCY MATTERS
RFUANZ held a meeting in Wellington on 29th November to discuss our response to the consultation document concerning the technical specifications for the proposed new allocation of 10 Mhz of new spectrum between 174 – 184 MHz for use by the LMR industry. Discussions included the proposed licensing regime, the allocation method, terms and conditions and details of the technical specifications.  
 
The meeting was well attended by committee members including industry representatives all of whom were strongly of the opinion that the status quo of the “radio licence regime” should remain and the use of these new frequencies be allocated to new digital LMR technologies only. Members were however not supportive of Private and Crown Management Rights expressing concern that this approach was not in the best interest of our industry.
 
RFUANZ is grateful to all those who attended our meeting or who submitted their opinions and to the Radio Spectrum Management team who also attended the meeting to answer questions and clarify points raised.
 
In compiling our response and the time taken to consult with wider industry the deadline for submissions has been extended until December 22nd. Further information on the discussion paper can be found here. A full report of our response and final submission will be made available to all members in due course.

THANK YOU TO OUR GALA DINNER SPONSORS

We still have sponsorship positions available for the 2018 Gala Dinner. This is a great opportunity to promote your company, show support & cement your place in the industry. Please contact Debby/Candice to learn more. 

COMMS CONNECT 2017
RFUANZ Visit with Logan Caulfield

Melbourne is the annual stage for Australasian critical communication vendors and service providers alike to show their wares and flaunt their achievements. This year, in the 36-degree Victorian heat, was no different, however, it did have a rather noticeable difference in the look and feel to previous years’ events. A more eclectic bunch, and a larger range of not only vendors, but technologies too. 

Traditionally, Comms Connect events have been heavily focused on two-way radio systems, at least from my experience they have.There has been the one or two radio linking providers and console systems, and some keen, but often orphan IP connectivity providers. Comms Connect in Melbourne this year, however, had a wide range of technology providers coming together under one roof, often each being part of a wider, connected solution. 

The traditional radio system stalwarts were there – radio equipment vendors, consoles, and the RF linking grandfathers of the industry. And there was still the keen rivalry between the big vendors that we have all come to know and love. But there were also as many, if not more vendors and service providers of technologies that are still relatively new or unfamiliar to many of us. It was the old dogs performing new tricks and the new kids on the block telling tales of solutions past. 
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LAST STANDS REMAINING 
With the exhibition all but sold out by mid-November, the team at Comms Connect have had to add additional stands to accommodate the increased interest in the 2018 Auckland event. Organiser Paul Davis said of the move, “ It’s great to see the increased support, with new exhibitors like TeamTalk, Cogent, and LTE NZ join the line-up of long-term supporters like our Platinum sponsor Tait and Gold sponsor JVCKENWOOD. Whether this has been stimulated by the move to Auckland, or if it’s just down to the show gaining momentum it’s hard to say, but we’re very pleased at the progress being made. The speaker line up in 2018 is set to be one of the best yet and should help attract the right delegates. It will be announced early in the new year – so watch this space!".