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Regulators look at next priority: vertical industries
Feb 14, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

Vertical industries are growing increasingly interested in the potential efficiency, quality and performance gains that 5G might offer and have many ideas for transformational business propositions based on its improved speed, ultra-low latency and reliability.  Read more...

Swiss multi-band spectrum auction raises $378 million
Feb 13, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

Switzerland has raised CHF380 million ($378 million) from its auction of a wide range of mobile frequencies, including 5G spectrum.  Read more...

5G spectrum auctions to escalate in 2019
Feb 11, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

The US and Switzerland have both kicked off the year with a sale of  5G frequencies, with many more countries set to follow. Sixteen countries are known to have confirmed 5G spectrum auctions in 2019, according to PolicyTracker's auction tracker service.  Read more...

Stakeholders set out wish-list for US spectrum strategy
Feb 08, 2019
by Dugie Standeford

Network operators, wireless services providers, equipment makers, broadcasters, public safety officials and over-the-top players have told the US National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) what they believe a sustainable national spectrum strategy should look like. Read more...

Japanese operators vie for lower band 5G spectrum
Feb 07, 2019
by Richard Handford

Japan’s forthcoming spectrum award will be the first for 5G decided by a beauty contest rather than an auction. This is not the only thing that makes it unusual.  Read more...

France explores new licensing options in the 26 GHz band
Feb 07, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

French regulator Arcep is offering temporary licences in the 26 GHz band to companies willing to create "open-access" trials, available for third parties.  Read more...

Saudi Arabia auctions 2.3 and 2.6 GHz bands
Feb 06, 2019
by Toby Youell

Saudi Arabia's Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC) has awarded the 2.3 GHz and 2.6 GHz bands through a public auction. This award increases the total amount of spectrum assigned to the mobile sector in Saudi Arabia by 69 per cent, from 420 MHz to 710 MHz. Read more...

Sweden completes auction of 700 MHz band
Feb 05, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

The sale of 700 MHz licences in Sweden raised a total of $311.9 million (SEK2.82 billion)–370 per cent more than the reserve price.  Read more...

Are more MNOs starting to consider shared mobile networks?
Feb 04, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

An increasing number of mobile operators are proposing a pragmatic solution for the lack of investment in 5G and high network rollout costs: sharing networks.  Read more...

Vietnam tests 5G, touts commercial launch in 2020 or 2021
Feb 01, 2019
by Richard Handford

State-owned Viettel last week became the first of the country’s operators to receive a trial 5G licence and radio frequencies, but its lofty ambitions face spectrum limitations and other obstacles.  Read more...

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