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Polish regulator cancels disputed 2007 auction and plans to re-sell spectrum Premium

Aug 18, 2017 by Jaroslaw Adamowski

Ultimately UKE is expected to re-auction the 1800 MHz licences but the current holders will be allowed to use them in the meantime. However, this is only the latest installment in a lengthy legal battle which is likely to continue as local operators call for a tougher approach.

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GSMA: "The current framework will not help us move forward" Premium

Aug 16, 2017 by Kane Mumford

In recent months the GSMA has released three statements warning European Council members not to abandon the 5G vision by shying away from greater harmonisation of spectrum policy in Europe. PolicyTracker asked a senior GSMA spokesperson to explain what policy changes were needed.

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"Tug of war" as mobile industry claims unreformed CBRS will damage 5G Premium

Aug 14, 2017 by Dugie Standeford

In addition to as-yet-unresolved technical issues, efforts to deploy the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) in the US face a split between stakeholders who want to retain current licensing rules and those who say doing so risks undermining investment in 5G.

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“At some point, there will be an end to the FCC” Premium

Aug 11, 2017 by Kane Mumford

PolicyTracker interviewed Thomas W. Hazlett, former chief economist at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and author of 'The Political Spectrum', on the public good, "revolving door" regulators and Clint Eastwood.

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Indian regulator eyes digital radio switchover for commercial broadcasters Premium

Aug 11, 2017 by Dugie Standeford

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is seeking feedback on the possibility of moving commercial broadcasters to digital radio. The state-owned broadcaster is already shifting to DAB but some observers question why commercial stations should do the same.

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UK operator denies challenge to auction rules will delay 5G rollout Premium

Aug 09, 2017 by Kane Mumford

Three UK will seek a judicial review in the UK High Court of the competition rules Ofcom set for the upcoming spectrum auction. A ruling is not expected until early 2018, but the operator said the process would not affect deployment of commercial 5G services.

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Vodafone wins 5G city trial rights for Milan Premium

Aug 08, 2017 by Kane Mumford

Vodafone took Milan, while Telecom Italia and Wind won the rights to hold trials in Prato and l’Aquila and Bari and Matera respectively.

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FCC consults on mid-band spectrum for next-generation services Premium

Aug 07, 2017 by Dugie Standeford

The US regulator is seeking comment on potential wireless uses for spectrum from 3.7 GHz to 24 GHz, but is specifically interested in the 3.7-4.2 GHz, 5.925-6.425 GHz and 6.425-7.125 GHz bands. Expect a battle over the C-band.

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Philippines duopoly unlikely to be broken any time soon Premium

Aug 03, 2017 by Kane Mumford

There are hopes that a new entrant could join the mobile market, but getting through to the country’s president, Rodrigo Duterte, is not easy.

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Nokia expects early 5G deployment outside Europe Premium

Aug 02, 2017 by Kane Mumford

Nokia’s chief executive Rajeev Suri said on the company’s quarterly earnings call earlier this week that “lead customers in both the United States and China” would deploy sooner than the 2020 date the company had previously expected.

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US joins EU in opening 76-81 GHz for car radar Premium

Aug 01, 2017 by Dugie Standeford

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision expands the current 76-77 GHz allocation to the entire 76-81 GHz band and transitions vehicular radars out of 24 GHz, bringing the US into alignment with Europe. Expect commercial take-up in the higher band soon, said one telecoms attorney.

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UK regulator considering licence-exempt access at 26 GHz Premium

Jul 31, 2017 by Kane Mumford

Ofcom also supports truncating the 66-76 GHz band to focus on 66-71 GHz for international 5G study and setting the same technical conditions for the three bands falling within 37-43.5 GHz.

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Arqiva defends its “5G” network Premium

Jul 27, 2017 by Kane Mumford

Speaking ahead of its announcement of a London trial of a superfast fixed wireless access network, Arqiva said “yes, we’re calling it 5G”. The satellite industry is concerned about the use of the band.

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