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Could blockchain technology offer a new spectrum management option? Premium

Mar 28, 2017 by Dugie Standeford

The use of blockchains, a form of dynamic distributed database, to manage spectrum is just an idea at the moment, but some experts in emerging technologies say it's one worth exploring.

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RSPG opposes mandatory peer reviews of European licence awards Premium

Mar 23, 2017 by Kane Mumford

The measure suggested by the European Commission in its review of the EU telecommunications regulatory framework could increase legal uncertainty and bureaucracy and would not effectively achieve the intended benefits, said the group.

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European Parliament approves 700 MHz proposal Premium

Mar 22, 2017 by Kane Mumford

With the European Council and European Commission agreeing to a revised proposal in December, the Parliament’s assent means the process is now complete.

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BT/EE questions demand for "consistently high data speeds" Premium

Mar 21, 2017 by Kane Mumford

In its response to the UK regulator’s consultation on the auction of 3.5 GHz and 2.3 GHz spectrum, BT/EE said operators were not facing a capacity strain.

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Italy plans five 5G city trials in 3.4-3.8 GHz band by 2020 Premium

Mar 21, 2017 by Kane Mumford

Italy's Ministry for Economic Development (MISE) picked cities that are located in a variety of geographical areas and can offer access to 3.7-3.8 GHz spectrum. Telecom Italia has also announced plans to hold a 5G trial in Turin.

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Was the US broadcast spectrum incentive auction successful? Premium

Was the US broadcast spectrum incentive auction successful?
Mar 16, 2017 by Dugie Standeford

The auction, which aimed to clear broadcasters out of 144 MHz of spectrum in the 600 MHz band for wireless services, ended up clearing only 84 MHz. Some call that a failure, while others, including an FCC commissioner, say it's a successful enough experiment to encourage more such auctions down the line.

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Autonomous driving stalls at latest 3GPP meeting Premium

Autonomous driving stalls at latest 3GPP meeting
Mar 14, 2017 by Kane Mumford

As expected, members agreed to accelerate specifications for enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) in Release 15, leaving work on autonomous driving and network sharing to future releases.

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UK regulator to allow Wi-Fi at 5.8 GHz before rest of EU Premium

Mar 13, 2017 by Dugie Standeford

Ofcom has proposed opening the 5725-5850 MHz band for Wi-Fi applications ahead of discussions on the issue at WRC-19. The decision was based on the absence of any EC decision governing the band and on a "lack of compelling arguments" not to proceed.

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UK government to prioritise release of public sector spectrum for 5G Premium

Mar 09, 2017 by Dugie Standeford

The UK wants to be a leader in 5G rollout, its government said in a policy paper published yesterday. That includes releasing or sharing more government spectrum and the possibility of enabling 5G services in the 3.8-4.2 GHz band.

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Polish regulator to reassign 450 MHz spectrum Premium

Mar 09, 2017 by Jaroslaw Adamowski

Poland’s telecoms regulator UKE plans to reassign spectrum in the 450 MHz band after Orange Poland decided not to extend its licence for a price it considers excessive.

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High spectrum prices damage mobile market development, GSMA study claims Premium

Mar 07, 2017 by Kane Mumford

The average final price paid in spectrum auctions increased by 250 per cent between 2008 and 2016, according to a study carried out for mobile industry association the GSMA. Reserve prices have more than quadrupled in the same period, the study says.

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3GPP works on LTE Broadcast as Australian operator announces trial Premium

Mar 06, 2017 by Kane Mumford

The technology-in-search-of-a-business-model will see key requirements added that could pave the way for wider adoption.

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Arqiva and Samsung to use 28 GHz band for "5G" trial in UK Premium

Mar 02, 2017 by Kane Mumford

The network infrastructure firm and technology giant are teaming up to provide a network that Arqiva believes can be described as 5G. However, some are critical of this use of terminology.

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