Feeds

Woosh take-over in jeopardy

NZ government skewers spectrum aggregation

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The essential guide to IT transformation

The New Zealand government has put a spanner in the works for Canadian company Craig Wireless’s proposed US$5.5 million purchase of Woosh Wireless.

Woosh Wireless has been denied its request to lift the spectrum cap allotted to each carrier - ahead of schedule - by the New Zealand Economic Development Ministry.

The Dominion Post reports that a spokesperson for the Communications Minister Steven Joyce confirmed that he had accepted the ministry's advice not to lift the cap.

When Craig Wireless announced its intent to acquire wireless broadband provider Woosh in September, the deal was based on the condition that Woosh would be able to transfer 30MHz of radio spectrum in the 2.3-2.5GHz band to Craig.

Craig Wireless already owns 40MHz in the same band, and under existing regulation no company can own more than 40MHz in the 2.3-2.5GHz band until December next year. Last month rival carrier CallPlus spoke out against the lifting of the cap claiming it would set a “dangerous precedent.”

During the New Zealand Ministry of Economic Development’s closed consultation on the matter CallPlus said "if the rules were changed now to enable this acquisition it may potentially encourage more speculation which will limit competition further and artificially increase the cost of building wireless networks in New Zealand.”

Neither Woosh nor Craig Wireless have been available for comment on the development and how it will alter the acquisition plans. ®

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

More from The Register

next story
True fact: 1 in 4 Brits are now TERRORISTS
YouGov poll reveals terrible truth about the enemy within
Microsoft exits climate denier lobby group
ALEC will have to do without Redmond, it seems
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls
From Clippy to Clippers: Hi, I see you're running an NBA team now ...
Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media
Yanked footage featured British-accented attacker and US journo James Foley
Primetime precrime? Minority Report TV series 'being developed'
I have to know. I have to find out what happened to my life
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
7 Elements of Radically Simple OS Migration
Avoid the typical headaches of OS migration during your next project by learning about 7 elements of radically simple OS migration.
BYOD's dark side: Data protection
An endpoint data protection solution that adds value to the user and the organization so it can protect itself from data loss as well as leverage corporate data.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?