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"Four fifths of MNOs" to start densifying networks by 2020 Premium

May 23, 2017 by Kane Mumford

AT&T’s David Orloff told the SCWS World Summit that “hyper-dense networks” will contain 1.8 million cells by 2020.

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Ireland 3.6 GHz auction exceeds expectations, netting €78m Premium

Ireland 3.6 GHz auction exceeds expectations, netting €78m
May 22, 2017 by Kane Mumford

The results are twenty times the price paid in a recent comparable auction: PolicyTracker understands that they outstripped Irish regulator ComReg's "optimistic" expectations. Surprisingly, one bidder who won only rural licences paid three times as much as those winning national licences.

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Car industry not “waiting for 5G to happen” Premium

May 18, 2017 by Kane Mumford

A source from a leading European automotive company told PolicyTracker that the 3.4-3.8 GHz band could be used for automotive applications but it is still too early to tell.

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Asia-Pacific approves harmonisation of 700 MHz and 800 MHz spectrum for LTE PPDR Premium

May 17, 2017 by Kane Mumford

The Asia-Pacific Wireless Group (APT-AWG) has unanimously approved a new recommendation on harmonising spectrum in these bands for broadband public safety networks.

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800 mobile operators support 26 GHz for WRC-19 harmonisation Premium

May 16, 2017 by Kane Mumford

The GSMA’s operator members are supporting the European position that 26 GHz should be the mmWave band used for 5G services globally. 28 GHz, under study in the US and South Korea, is unequivocally off the table, according to the European administrations' group CEPT.

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EU regulators: European Commission’s proposals put member states’ spectrum autonomy at risk Premium

May 15, 2017 by Kane Mumford

BEREC, which is made up of the 28 EU member states’ electronic communications regulators, said the proposals in the Commission’s draft Electronic Communications Code (ECC) “individually might seem like sensible spectrum management tools” but when they are considered together, they make for risk-creating regulatory and legal uncertainty.

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French spectrum regulator organises "Hackathon" Premium

May 11, 2017 by Kane Mumford

This evening a mix of engineering and business students and ICT professionals will gather in Paris to discuss plans for the second annual Agence Nationale Des Fréquences (ANFR) Hackathon. The event next weekend aims to find innovative new uses for the store of data that ANFR, like all spectrum regulators, has at its disposal.

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Ofcom leaves DTT interference mitigation to UK government Premium

May 10, 2017 by Kane Mumford

The UK regulator has published a technical analysis of the interference risks to digital terrestrial television (DTT) services following their 2020 move out of the 700 MHz band and into the 470-694 MHz band.

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T-Mobile raises 3.5 GHz global fragmentation concerns Premium

May 09, 2017 by Kane Mumford

The US Citizen Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) plan will not drive investment, according to T-Mobile. Nevertheless, CBRS advocates told PolicyTracker, the UK regulator Ofcom is interested in taking a similar approach.

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GSMA not in favour of “complete harmonisation” of spectrum policy in Europe Premium

May 08, 2017 by Kane Mumford

The association issued a joint statement with ETNO (European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association) which claimed legislators were abandoning the 5G vision as they review the European Commission’s proposals on a new Electronic Communications Code (ECC).

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Wi-Fi facing imminent spectrum crunch, claims industry group Premium

May 04, 2017 by Kane Mumford

Research carried out for the Wi-Fi Alliance claims that increasing numbers of devices and growing demand means that more spectrum will be needed for Wi-Fi by 2025.

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Spectrum emerges as new battleground in long-running fight over powers of EU bodies Premium

May 03, 2017 by Kane Mumford

PolicyTracker attended the hearing of the European Commission's case against the Council of the European Union - held at the European Court of Justice - which concerns the extent to which the Commission can determine the EU's position ahead of World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRCs).

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Vodafone wants Australian government to review 3.4 GHz band Premium

May 02, 2017 by Kane Mumford

Vodafone Australia has called for the country’s National Broadband Network (NBN Co) to work with the mobile sector and share the 3.4 GHz spectrum that is critical to the rollout of 5G. However, the operator did not show any interest in the band when it was assigned in 2011.

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