Radio spectrum and telecommunications

Buddle Findlay's radio spectrum and telecommunications team understands the regulatory framework, technical requirements and commercial environment. Our specialists have played a leading role in the design of New Zealand's unique system for radio spectrum rights.


New Zealand has led the way in introducing property rights to the radio spectrum.  New Zealand's system for radio spectrum rights is unique and Buddle Findlay's experts have played leading roles in designing it.

We help our telecommunications and broadcasting clients get the best out of the radio spectrum.  We assist with participation in radio spectrum, trades of spectrum rights, interface resolution, and raising finance on spectrum rights.

Work highlights

Advising Sky Television

on commercial and regulatory issues related to the radio spectrum including renewal of its UHF licences, conversion of its licences to digital use, arrangements with the Maori Television Service, and licensing satellite services

Assisting the Ministry of Economic Development

with formulation of the Radiocommunications Amendment Act 2000

Advising a telecommunications network operator

on proposals to amend statutory rights to access private land for building and maintaining networks

Advising the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment

on the conduct of the 700MHz auction and the FM frequency auction

Advising on standards for electromagnetic radiation

and the licensing of radiocommunications equipment

Advising Telecom New Zealand

on the conduct of the 2 GHz radio spectrum auction

Our team

John Glengarry

Partner, Auckland
Patent Attorney | Trade Marks Attorney | Notary Public

John specialises in intellectual property law and has extensive experience in New Zealand and overseas. John's practice covers the…

  • DDI +64 9 357 9391
  • M +64 21 678 198


Philip Wood

Partner, Auckland

Philip specialises in providing commercial, IT, telecommunication, media and television/film sector advice including strategic advice…

  • DDI +64 9 357 9385
  • M +64 21 624 356


Sherridan Cook

Partner, Auckland
Board of Management

Sherridan specialises in employment, industrial relations and health and safety as well as litigation and dispute resolution…

  • DDI +64 9 357 1858
  • M +64 27 545 9768


Tony Dellow

Partner, Wellington

Tony specialises in competition law and regulatory processes, especially in infrastructure industries. Tony’s practice is unique…

  • DDI +64 4 498 7304
  • M +64 21 349 651