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Norwegian regulator Nkom's plans for the 42 GHz band are about making spectrum available now rather than holding it back for future possible uses, according to its director of frequency management John-Eivind Velure.
The regulator believes there is enough market interest to justify its decision not to sell two chunks of 700 MHz to Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) last year.
Myanmar makes new spectrum award Premium
An undisclosed amount of spectrum with a 15-year licence term has been sold for $300 million to a large consortium consisting of state interests from Myanmar and Vietnam, as well as 11 local telecoms companies.
The firm said it has now settled with US regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which was investigating it for failing to use its spectrum.
Brazilian regulator Anatel also has to ensure that the technology does not cause interference to the many satellite TV receive-only earth stations in the country.
DAB supporters say the switch is essential but one poll suggests 66 per cent of Norwegians are against it.
After last week’s news that signals from another galaxy had been picked up by a team of radio astronomers, industry groups have said they face a difficult task.
The spectrum will be offered on a first come, first served basis, according to the country’s regulator, with an auction coming “no later than 2021”.
PolicyTracker talks to William Webb, chief executive of the Weightless SIG, about his new book, "The 5G Myth". Webb says he is in a position to be objective about where 5G is going, although he suspects some will find his latest work contentious.
A spokesperson for the regulator told PolicyTracker that it has not yet decided where to accommodate the 20 or so programme making and special events (PMSE) organisations currently licensed to use the band.
€500m European connectivity private equity fund could cost as much as €10m a year in management fees Premium
Luxembourg-based Cube Infrastructure Managers could receive €100m from the European Investment Bank for helping to invest in connectivity projects across the EU.
The story of 2016 in 5G quotes Premium
PolicyTracker has put together a selection of the best 5G comments we heard last year. You'll find no references to the fourth industrial revolution, game-changing innovation or the ever-rocketing data demands of the mobile industry. However, we hope it provides a snapshot of policymakers' and industry views as they evolved through the year.
Romania’s telecoms regulator has released its action plan for 2017 which states that it will launch consultations on awarding spectrum for broadband services in the 450 MHz, 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 1500 MHz, 2600 MHz and 3.4–3.8 GHz bands.