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FCC announces incentive auction spectrum target Premium

May 03, 2016 by David Yip

US regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) says it aims to make 126 MHz of near-nationwide spectrum available in the 600 MHz band in the upcoming incentive auction - 50 per cent more than its previous estimate of 84 MHz.

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Investment from other industries is one of 5G's biggest challenges Premium

Apr 27, 2016 by Kane Mumford

Speaking at an ETSI event, European Commission representatives echoed the view of telecoms industry experts who said that other sectors were not showing much interest in 5G yet.

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Operators set out their agenda for European spectrum regulation review Premium

Operators set out their agenda for European spectrum regulation review
Apr 26, 2016 by David Yip

Mobile operators would like to see more consistency in the management of spectrum across Europe, in particular on licence duration, fees and assignment timeframes.

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UK regulator plans to use coverage obligations in 700 MHz auction but further battles with mobile operators lie ahead Premium

Apr 22, 2016 by Jonathan Watson

UK regulator Ofcom has published its “initial conclusions” from the strategic review of digital communications it launched in 2015.

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UK public sector spectrum to be shared rather than released Premium

Apr 20, 2016 by Kane Mumford

Much of the public sector spectrum to be made available by the UK government in the next six years is to be shared rather than released, according to government official Nick Munn.

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US eyes prizes for more efficient spectrum use Premium

Apr 20, 2016 by Dugie Standeford

Innovators who come up with ground-breaking technologies that boost spectrum efficiency could win part of a pot of $5 million under legislation working its way through the US Congress.

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UK mobile operator calls for urgent reform of the country's Electronic Communications Code Premium

Apr 19, 2016 by Kane Mumford

EE’s head of spectrum Inge Hansen wants base station landlords to be prevented from “holding the company to ransom".

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The "death of TV" is a self-fulfilling prophecy, say researchers Premium

Apr 18, 2016 by Kane Mumford

Self-interested mobile data predictions by technology companies combined with the loss of TV spectrum could turn public service broadcasting (PSB) principles into a footnote in European history, according to a recent academic paper.

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Ofcom wants to enable spectrum sharing in parts of the C-band Premium

Ofcom wants to enable spectrum sharing in parts of the C-band
Apr 15, 2016 by David Yip and Kane Mumford

The UK regulator recently published its spectrum sharing framework, which it will use to assess the suitability of bands for sharing. The first band it has proposed for sharing is 3.8-4.2 GHz.

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France encourages 2.6 GHz TDD and 3.5 GHz trials ahead of auction Premium

Apr 13, 2016 by David Yip

French regulator ARCEP is looking for organisations to conduct trials in the 2.6 GHz TDD and 3.5 GHz bands to help determine the best uses for them before an auction is held.

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Australia proposes to reduce minister's role in spectrum decisions Premium

Apr 12, 2016 by David Yip

Australia's Department of Communications (DoC) has unveiled reforms that seek to clarify the roles of the department, its minister and regulator the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) in spectrum management.

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Self-coordination is "a promising approach" for the E-band Premium

Apr 11, 2016 by David Yip

Almost half of the regulators surveyed for a report by consultancy Analysys Mason have adopted some kind of self-coordinated approach to interference management in the E-band.

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Viewpoint: Where next for spectrum management? Premium

Apr 08, 2016 by William Webb

Better sharing using dynamic database approaches may be the best approach currently available to regulators as they seek to address the key challenges facing spectrum management.

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