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When will 5G take hold in Africa?
Jan 17, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

Although 5G is not yet widely available, equipment maker Ericsson seems optimistic about its potential to support multiple use cases in Africa. But is the continent ready for the transition?  Read more...

UK and India offer contrasting spectrum trading experiences
Jan 16, 2019
by Richard Handford

A deal to swap spectrum between Telefonica and Vodafone in the UK received regulatory encouragement, while India's Reliance Jio Infocomm and RCom were given the cold shoulder. However, both situations indicate trading is on the rise.  Read more...

CBRS spectrum sharing could be first good use case for blockchain
Jan 14, 2019
by Dugie Standeford

The US Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) could be a "great candidate" for the first use of blockchain technology for spectrum sharing, according to Nokia's Seppo Yrjölä. Interest in the use of blockchain for spectrum management is growing, but problems such as regulation, costs and the lack of business models… Read more...

Croatian regulator launches 2 GHz spectrum auction
Jan 11, 2019
by Jaroslaw Adamowski

Croatia's Regulatory Authority for Network Industries (HAKOM) has launched an auction of three 2 x 5 MHz blocks of spectrum in the 1920-1980 MHz and 2110-2170 MHz bands.  Read more...

Viewpoint: Do we still need spectrum auctions?
Jan 10, 2019
by William Webb

When there is cleared spectrum to award, the default process is now the auction. It has been widely used for some 30 years and is generally agreed to be the least bad way to distribute spectrum when demand exceeds supply. But is this still true?  Read more...

Ofcom sets 900 and 1800 MHz licence fees and consults on 3.4 and 3.6 GHz fees
Jan 09, 2019
by Dugie Standeford

UK regulator Ofcom has set new annual licence fees for 900 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum and is seeking feedback on what fees UK Broadband should pay for its 3.4 GHz and 3.6 GHz spectrum. Read more...

US regulator’s spectrum auction activities mostly continue despite government shutdown
Jan 07, 2019
by Dugie Standeford

With the US government partially shuttered due to a funding dispute, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) suspended most operations on 3 January. Some spectrum auction activities, however, are still running, including work related to the broadcast incentive auction.  Read more...

Mexico seeks to define spectrum efficiency metrics
Jan 04, 2019
by Toby Youell

Mexico’s telecoms regulator, the IFT, is seeking comments on a study it has compiled on spectrum efficiency metrics. Read more...

Spectrum mismanagement could hinder 5G investments
Jan 03, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

Europe is currently in a far worse position than other parts of the world such as the US or China, said Nicholas Blades, Telefonica's director of regulation, competition and data policy, at a workshop in Budapest organised by the EU advisory body the Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG).  Read more...

China’s backing of 2.6 GHz for 5G could influence other countries
Jan 02, 2019
by Richard Handford

Unusually, the country’s three operators were all given different bands for 5G by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). Market leader China Mobile might emerge as the main beneficiary, analysts say.  Read more...

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