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Dense Air acquires 2.6 GHz Spectrum Assets in New Zealand

News 20, November, 2018
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Dense Air to enable “Neutral Host Small Cells” for 4G and 5G

Slough, UK, 20th November 2018. Dense Air today announced it had 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 MHz spectrum in the 2.5 GHz Band (3GPP Band 7 and Band 41).

Dense Air is a new class of wholesale network operator, that “enhances and extends” the coverage and capacity of existing Mobile Networks and will operate as “Carrier of Carriers” operator, typically on a neutral host basis. Dense Air uses a comprehensive portfolio set of 4G and 5G small cells to offer services to Mobile Operators in licensed spectrum dedicated to small cells for densification/extension deployments. Dense Air provides operational support and technology platforms that enable targeted mass deployment of 4G and 5G small cells.  The acquired spectrum assets in New Zealand enable Dense Air to start its operations almost immediately.

Paul Senior, CEO of Dense Air said “We are very excited about the opportunity to bring completely new type of wholesale service to New Zealand network operators. Dense Air’s service offering will complement the existing 4G investments carriers and the 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, increasing speeds and network capacity. Importantly Dense Air doesn’t and won’t compete in any way with existing retail service providers. Our mission is to help MNOs and MVNOs improve their business case for pervasive 4G and 5G networks by densification”.

What is Dense Air?

  • An optimised network densification and network extension service.
  • Solution delivered using Indoor and Outdoor Small Cells
  • Service operates in licensed, dedicated spectrum
  • Dense Air small cells provide services on a “Neutral Host” basis
  • We support 4G LTE and soon for 5G NR networks
  • Services are offered on a wholesale “Carrier of Carriers” basis
  • We DO NOT compete with Mobile or Fixed Operators or other retail Service Providers
  • Our services are delivered in Urban, Suburban or Rural areas
  • The focus is on mobile use cases, including eMBB, IoT, Public Safety


Dense Air is based in London, UK and has offices in Ireland, Belgium and Portugal, it’s target launch markets. Dense Air provides unique “carrier of carriers” neutral host small cell services to deliver cost effective densification to any existing LTE Mobile Carrier or Service Provider. Dense Air 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.

Media Contact: Paul Senior (media@denseair.net)

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