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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.
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.
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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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”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.