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Hong Kong to review assignment of expiring licences Premium

Hong Kong to review assignment of expiring licences
Feb 08, 2016 by David Yip

The Hong Kong Communications Authority (HKCA) may offer incumbents first refusal on 900 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum where licences expire in 2020/2021, but it has also proposed an auction.

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Minister rules out relaunching Polish 4G auction Premium

Feb 05, 2016 by Jaroslaw Adamowski

Polish minister of digitisation Anna Strezynska says the results of last year's 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz auction will stand, even though she considers the process was flawed. However, she does intend to reorganise regulation in the country.

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Broadcasters concerned about Brussels UHF proposal Premium

Feb 04, 2016 by Kane Mumford

This is despite Roberto Viola, director general of the European Commission’s DG Connect unit, telling a spectrum policy event in Brussels this week that digital terrestrial broadcasters were the "main beneficiaries" of the Commission's proposal for the UHF band.

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We want your views on 5G! Premium

Feb 02, 2016 by Martin Sims

PolicyTracker is researching a report examining the economics of 5G and associated vertical markets. We have compiled this short survey to gauge industry sentiment and would be very grateful for your views!

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European Commission makes legislative proposal for UHF band Premium

Feb 02, 2016 by Kane Mumford

In a PolicyTracker interview Commission vice president Andrus Ansip says broadcasters will have to move out of 700 MHz by 2020 at an estimated cost of around €667 million. He said the move was “a precondition for the successful implementation of 5G in Europe”

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Indian regulator sets world's highest reserve price in "unworkable" auction plan Premium

Feb 02, 2016 by David Yip

The opening price for 700 MHz spectrum in Calcutta exceeds the highest MHz/pop amount ever paid for a spectrum licence, provoking strong criticism from a leading figure in the country's telecoms industry.

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The US incentive auction: windfalls for some but not others Premium

The US incentive auction: windfalls for some but not others
Feb 01, 2016 by David Yip

A PolicyTracker analysis of the opening bids in the US broadcast incentive auction shows that some broadcasters are being offered over 100 times more than others. Non-urban TV stations are set to benefit the most.

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ITU announcement on 5G standards due in February Premium

Jan 29, 2016 by Kane Mumford

The ITU-R's Working Party 5D, which includes 26 standards groups, is expected to launch its study schedule for identifying technical requirements and evaluation criteria for 5G in February.

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TeliaSonera and Ericsson promise 5G by 2018 but no bands specified Free

Feb 03, 2016 by David Yip

TeliaSonera and Ericsson have said they will make 5G services available by 2018 but have not yet decided which bands to use. They have also said they might have to adjust the services after two years.

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LAA still has some way to go, despite "successful" Vodafone Netherlands trial Premium

Jan 26, 2016 by Kane Mumford

Vodafone Netherlands says its trial of LTE licensed-assisted access (LAA) was a success and 3GPP is due to issue relevant standards in March. However, uncertainty over those standards could mean LAA is still a long way off.

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US to follow EU in awarding cash prizes for spectrum innovation Premium

Jan 25, 2016 by David Yip

A bill proposed in the US Congress would give the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and other national organisations powers to run spectrum competitions.

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Brussels proposal on 470-790 MHz expected next month Premium

Jan 22, 2016 by Kane Mumford

The European Commission (EC) is expected to announce a legislative proposal on the future use of the 470-790 MHz band in early February 2016, according to an EC source.

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Report recommends releasing bands for mobile broadband in the Gulf Premium

Jan 21, 2016 by David Yip

A recently published report recommends releasing the 700 MHz band as well as bands above 2 GHz for mobile broadband use in six Gulf countries.

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