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Should WRC-19 specify spectrum for connected cars? Premium

Apr 27, 2017 by Dugie Standeford

The 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19) will consider possible global or regional harmonised spectrum for intelligent transport systems (ITS). But it appears there may be a split between the EU, which wants harmonised spectrum, and the US, which doesn't seem to, as well as on which technology is best. Meanwhile, the business case for connected cars remains shaky.

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UK LTE PPDR project “marred from day one” Premium

Apr 25, 2017 by Kane Mumford

As another damning report from the influential UK Public Accounts Committee (PAC) into the progress of the project is released, we reveal some of the concerns we have heard from sources close to the project.

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5G spectrum assignments should "motivate industry investment," not just raise revenue Premium

Apr 27, 2017 by Dugie Standeford

Future awards for 5G spectrum should prioritise mobile operators' investment plans rather than maximise fees, according to Professors Gerard Pogorel and Erik Bohlin. But will governments agree?

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Is Italy's request for interference talks just stalling for time? Premium

Apr 20, 2017 by Kane Mumford

A letter seen by PolicyTracker from Italy's communications minister Antonello Giacomelli asks for a review of FM radio spectrum coordination between Italy and its neighbours. A source from the Slovenian regulator said the request is just an attempt to prolong the situation.

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US incentive auction produces big winners and big questions Premium

US incentive auction produces big winners and big questions
Apr 19, 2017 by Dugie Standeford

As the US regulator unveils the results of the 600 MHz auction, it remains to be seen what one of the big winners, Dish, will do with its large spectrum holding, and how well TV channels will fare in the repacking process.

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Spectrum for 5G, ITS and Wi-Fi likely to spark debate at WRC-19 Premium

Apr 18, 2017 by Dugie Standeford

While it's still early in the process, the EU and US are beginning to firm up their positions on the agenda items for the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19). Expect "tussles" over the need for additional spectrum for 5G, Wi-Fi and intelligent transport systems (ITS) as well as an increased focus on satellite services, says industry association techUK.

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Six EU countries yet to supply date for 700 MHz transition Premium

Six EU countries yet to supply date for 700 MHz transition
Apr 12, 2017 by Kane Mumford

Despite a new legally-binding framework some member states were unable to tell the Radio Spectrum Policy Group when 700 MHz would be made available for mobile. One of the six, Spain, is expected to complete the process by 2022.

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AT&T buys all Straight Path’s shares at 162% premium Premium

AT&T buys all Straight Path’s shares at 162% premium
Apr 11, 2017 by Kane Mumford

The US telco has agreed to acquire the New York-listed mmWave spectrum bank in an all-share deal for $1.25 billion, a 162.1 per cent premium to the company’s total market value prior to the deal.

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Italy open to changing 5G auction plan Premium

Apr 10, 2017 by Kane Mumford

An auction of 2 x 50 MHz in the 3.6-3.7 GHz band had been planned but officials are now considering a much wider release of spectrum next year. According to Qualcomm’s director of government affairs Luigi Ardito, trials could begin as early as August.

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Czech regulator launches SMRA auction for 3.6-3.8 GHz spectrum Premium

Apr 07, 2017 by Jaroslaw Adamowski

The Czech Telecommunication Office (CTU) has launched its long-awaited auction of spectrum in the 3.6-3.8 GHz band. The band is one of those being considered in many countries for 5G use.

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US "spectrum pipeline" needed to fuel future wireless services Premium

Apr 06, 2017 by Dugie Standeford

Several connectivity bills introduced in earlier congressional hearings are back in play as the US House of Representatives calls for more licensed, unlicensed, shared and government spectrum for the "21st Century wireless economy".

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Technical solutions alone will not solve spectrum shortage, says PMSE industry association Premium

Apr 05, 2017 by Kane Mumford

The Association of Professional Wireless Production Technology (APWPT) has welcomed the Radio Spectrum Policy Group’s (RSPG) decision to look into the PMSE industry’s spectrum needs but warned that technical solutions cannot be relied upon to solve pressing spectrum needs.

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Head of European Commission’s spectrum unit asks RSPG for clarity on regulatory flexibility Premium

Apr 03, 2017 by Kane Mumford

Vodafone and others also had a variety of questions for regulators at the Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) stakeholder meeting held in Paris last week.

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