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3G spectrum set aside for Māori is to be renewed as the government looks at what spectrum may be needed for new technologies.

Broadcasting and Communications Minister Kris Faafoi says spectrum is a limited resource and the rights to use spectrum in the 2100 Megahertz and 1800 MHz bands only come up for renewal every 20 years.

Most of the spectrum will be renewed when rights expire in 2021 to ensure mobile network operators can continue to provide 3G and 4G phone services, although some will be released for other uses.

The 2100 MHz spectrum provided to Te Huarahi Tika Māori spectrum trust is leased by its commercial arm Hautaki Limited to 2Degrees.

In the 1800 MHz band, Spark, Vodafone and 2Degrees have been offered 20 percent less than they currently use.

Mr Faafoi says some of the spectrum released may be used for a new emergency services network.


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