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EC report claims 5G to bring annual benefits of over €100bn Premium

Oct 21, 2016 by Dugie Standeford

An analysis produced for the European Commission (EC) has concluded that 5G rollout will cost around €56.6 billion in 2020 but will bring in around €113.1 billion per year by 2025. But one telecoms analyst questioned the study's assumptions and methodology.

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UK taxpayer could fund large part of R&D of world’s first commercial 4G PPDR network Premium

Oct 20, 2016 by Kane Mumford

Motorola has been in a unique position to develop its LTE for public services offering since it bought Airwave, which currently provides the UK's emergency services network (ESN). Under the new LTE-based system, Motorola also has a contract to certify the equipment the UK emergency services can use.

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UK minister: fibre to the home is the way forward Premium

Oct 19, 2016 by Kane Mumford

“Fibre is the future," says Matt Hancock, a minister at the UK's Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS). "The market will have to lead and government will support. I want to know what we can do to support a full-fibre roll-out."

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Ofcom wants to stay involved in Europe, whatever BEREC’s role Premium

Oct 18, 2016 by Kane Mumford

UK regulator Ofcom will continue to be involved in Europe regardless of the status of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC), chief executive Sharon White says.

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We need to be careful how we proceed and what we promise, says Vodafone CTO Premium

Oct 16, 2016 by Kane Mumford

Johan Wibergh, chief technology officer at Vodafone, has told delegates at the Next Generation Mobile Networks conference that the industry has an enormous responsibility to make 5G work.

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Vodafone and Hutchison could lose out in new Australian 700 MHz auction Premium

Oct 12, 2016 by Kane Mumford

The two groups’ joint venture, VHA, declined to take part in the country’s 2013 700 MHz auction, blaming excessive reserve prices. It then tried to buy most of the leftover spectrum earlier this year at the original reserve price, triggering a new auction.

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Warning that Europe won't have enough spectrum for 5G is "industry hype" Premium

Oct 11, 2016 by Dugie Standeford

A report produced for the European Commission says there may not be enough spectrum to deliver the economic benefits and jobs that 5G is expected to offer, and calls for an urgent rethink of spectrum allocation and sharing principles. But one technology expert says the idea that billions of Internet of Things devices will be able to run on 5G is unrealistic.

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Italy to put an end to cross-border interference at 700 MHz? Premium

Oct 14, 2016 by Kane Mumford

The Italian government has agreed to a November switch-off date for regional broadcasting services that interfere with broadcasters and FM radio services in neighbouring countries.

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Two years on, Globalstar's TLPS network remains controversial... and unapproved Premium

Oct 06, 2016 by Dugie Standeford

Globalstar has been waiting for over two years for regulatory permission to roll out a terrestrial low power service (TLPS) using mobile satellite service (MSS) spectrum. Now it's pressing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to act quickly, despite ongoing opposition from wireless communications providers.

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RSPG backs 26 GHz band for 5G in Europe Premium

Oct 06, 2016 by Kane Mumford

28 GHz is off the table at the moment, but the Radio Spectrum Policy Group is not completely ruling out its use at a later stage.

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Philippines operators’ spectrum hoard to be detailed by audit Premium

Philippines operators’ spectrum hoard to be detailed by audit
Oct 04, 2016 by Kane Mumford

The new president of the Philippines instigated the audit last month but the country’s competition authority faces an uphill battle in a regulatory environment which some feel has been 'captured' by the local mobile industry.

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Brussels inquiry could derail Poland’s 800 MHz spectrum assignments Premium

Oct 03, 2016 by Jaroslaw Adamowski

The European Commission (EC) has sent a letter to the Polish government about last year’s 800 MHz spectrum auction amid concerns that it may have infringed EU law.

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Mobile industry group wades into Egyptian 4G licence dispute Premium

Sep 30, 2016 by Dugie Standeford

With Egypt's three mobile operators having refused 4G spectrum licences, and the regulator considering whether to offer the spectrum to international players, the GSM Association (GSMA) has urged both sides to settle their differences. But whether any telecoms company outside Egypt will want to enter the market appears questionable.

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