New Zealand, in light of the ongoing widespread impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, has decided to withdraw the 3.5GHz auction. Instead, a direct allocation process will be undertaken.

Offers will be made to the three registeded bidders, with Spark and 2Degrees both being offered the rights 60 MHz and Dense Air being offered 40 MHz.

Dense Air is a provider of small cell services with spectrum assets in New Zealand. In April it loaned Vodafone its 2.6GHz spectrum for three months.