London Firm Buys 2.5 GHz Spectrum in New Zealand
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 | Comments

Dense Air completed the acquisition of the 2.5 GHz spectrum management rights from Blue Reach and Cayman Wireless in New Zealand. The combined spectrum assets provide 70 megahertz of spectrum in the 2.5 GHz band, which includes Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) bands 7 and 41.

The company is focused on enhanced mobile broadband, internet of things (IoT) and public safety. Dense Air is a wholesale network operator that enhances and extends the coverage and capacity of existing mobile networks and will operate as a “carrier of carriers” operator, typically on a neutral host basis. Dense Air uses a portfolio of 4G and 5G small cells to offer services to mobile operators in licensed spectrum dedicated to small cells for densification/extension deployments.

The acquired spectrum assets in New Zealand enable Dense Air to start its operations almost immediately, a statement said.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to bring a completely new type of wholesale service to New Zealand’s network operators,” said Paul Senior, CEO of Dense Air. “Dense Air’s service offering will complement existing 4G investments and planned 5G deployments. By adding neutral host 4G and 5G small cells, running in licensed spectrum to networks at cell edge, either outdoors or indoors we can dramatically improve the service experience to end users. Our solution increases speeds and network capacity.”

The company said it does not compete with mobile or fixed operators or other retail service providers and its services are delivered in urban, suburban or rural areas.

Dense Air is based in London and has offices in Ireland, Belgium and Portugal, its target launch markets. The company is conducting extensive trials and proof of concepts in 2018 and will offer commercial services in 2019, including in the recently acquired spectrum in New Zealand.

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