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Japanese MNO says many partners misunderstand 5G
Jan 23, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

A senior figure at Japanese mobile operator NTT Docomo has told a Brussels conference that many of the carrier's partners "have a misunderstanding of 5G”.  Read more...

Europe hoping to overcome C-band satellite interference
Jan 21, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

There has been a clear push by national regulators across Europe to release 3.5 GHz spectrum. However, mobile deployments in the region’s primary capacity band for 5G could be at risk due to potential satellite interference from neighbouring countries and military services.  Read more...

Switzerland to switch off DTT in June
Jan 18, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

Switzerland will be the first European country to completely switch off free-to-air digital terrestrial television (DTT).  Read more...

When will 5G take hold in Africa?
Jan 17, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

Although 5G is not yet widely available, equipment maker Ericsson seems optimistic about its potential to support multiple use cases in Africa. But is the continent ready for the transition?  Read more...

UK and India offer contrasting spectrum trading experiences
Jan 16, 2019
by Richard Handford

A deal to swap spectrum between Telefonica and Vodafone in the UK received regulatory encouragement, while India's Reliance Jio Infocomm and RCom were given the cold shoulder. However, both situations indicate trading is on the rise.  Read more...

CBRS spectrum sharing could be first good use case for blockchain
Jan 14, 2019
by Dugie Standeford

The US Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) could be a "great candidate" for the first use of blockchain technology for spectrum sharing, according to Nokia's Seppo Yrjölä. Interest in the use of blockchain for spectrum management is growing, but problems such as regulation, costs and the lack of business models… Read more...

Croatian regulator launches 2 GHz spectrum auction
Jan 11, 2019
by Jaroslaw Adamowski

Croatia's Regulatory Authority for Network Industries (HAKOM) has launched an auction of three 2 x 5 MHz blocks of spectrum in the 1920-1980 MHz and 2110-2170 MHz bands.  Read more...

Viewpoint: Do we still need spectrum auctions?
Jan 10, 2019
by William Webb

When there is cleared spectrum to award, the default process is now the auction. It has been widely used for some 30 years and is generally agreed to be the least bad way to distribute spectrum when demand exceeds supply. But is this still true?  Read more...

Ofcom sets 900 and 1800 MHz licence fees and consults on 3.4 and 3.6 GHz fees
Jan 09, 2019
by Dugie Standeford

UK regulator Ofcom has set new annual licence fees for 900 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum and is seeking feedback on what fees UK Broadband should pay for its 3.4 GHz and 3.6 GHz spectrum. Read more...

US regulator’s spectrum auction activities mostly continue despite government shutdown
Jan 07, 2019
by Dugie Standeford

With the US government partially shuttered due to a funding dispute, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) suspended most operations on 3 January. Some spectrum auction activities, however, are still running, including work related to the broadcast incentive auction.  Read more...

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