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US government issues space spectrum recommendations as agencies fight over 24 GHz band
Apr 18, 2019
by Toby Youell

The US Department of Commerce has issued 13 spectrum policy recommendations that are designed to boost the growth of the US space commerce economy. Read more...

Indian mobile industry wary of expensive spectrum for 5G
Apr 17, 2019
by Toby Youell

Rajan Mathews, director general of the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), has told PolicyTracker that the national regulator’s reserve prices for an upcoming multiband spectrum auction are “presently unviable”. Read more...

Japan assigns 5G spectrum for $14.5 billion
Apr 16, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

Japan's telecoms ministry has awarded spectrum to the country's three established mobile operators—NTT Docomo, KDDI and SoftBank—along with the recent new entrant Rakuten.  Read more...

4.8 GHz could be a dark horse for 5G in Asia
Apr 15, 2019
by Richard Handford

There is more backing for 4.8—4.99 GHz in Asia than many people realise. However, it’s not clear if the band’s credentials are strong enough for it to become a 5G mainstay rather than a supporting player.  Read more...

Australian regulator backs unusual hybrid approach for 26 GHz award
Apr 10, 2019
by Richard Handford

ACMA will combine traditional spectrum awards for the mobile industry with licensing that encourages local networks as well as ad hoc deployments on private premises in its assignment of the 26 GHz band for 5G.  Read more...

Polish Senate amends telecoms bill ahead of first 5G spectrum contest
Apr 10, 2019
by Jaroslaw Adamowski

The Polish Senate has amended the country’s draft telecommunications bill.  Read more...

UK regulator says railways are a good use case for dynamic spectrum access
Apr 09, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

Ofcom believes a dynamic sharing scheme that allows spectrum to follow the trains as they move along could be the best solution to improve trackside connectivity.  Read more...

How will 6G differ from 5G, and will it revolutionise society?
Apr 08, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

The year is 2030. Your pyjamas, which have been monitoring your heart rate and blood pressure in your sleep, wake you up. And when you get to the office you'll no longer find computers. They will have been replaced by everyday objects–like tables or windows–that can enable holographic conference calls, among other… Read more...

Denmark waived fees in return for better coverage in recent auction
Apr 05, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

Denmark's multiband auction raised $333 million (2.2 billion Danish kroner), although mobile operators will not have to face any upfront fees to renew their 2G licences.  Read more...

US legislators may help regulator crack down on pirate radio
Apr 04, 2019
by Toby Youell

Legislation under consideration in the US Senate could make it easier for US regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to shut down pirate radio stations. Read more...

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