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A new white paper: Spectrum auctions – the current policy debates
Aug 07, 2019
by Martin Sims

For the past decade auctions have been the default assignment mechanism for mobile licences but there is growing concern about their use. Can they deliver wide high speed mobile coverage with its associated economic benefits? Some administrations think not: France is allowing operators to avoid auctions if they improve coverage… Read more...

PolicyTracker joins ceramics legends
Jul 29, 2019
by Martin Sims

Or to put it more more prosaically, we have moved offices! The new PolicyTracker address is: Suite 151, China Works, 100 Black Prince Road, London, SE1 7SJ, UK. All other company details remain the same, including our registered address. For the historically minded, our new building is the former home of Royal Doulton pottery… Read more...

New WRC-19 report: areas of agreement and unresolved issues
Jul 04, 2019
by Martin Sims

With four months to go until WRC-19, what agreements have been reached and what proposals are facing the most opposition? The answers are in PolicyTracker's new WRC-19 Briefing. The ITU World Radiocommunication Conferences are very important, setting the pattern for how spectrum will be used globally. National representatives have been in continual… Read more...

What is spectrum management?
Jun 07, 2019
by Martin Sims

Our Weekly Spectrum Briefing usually talks about a current policy issue but recently we have been going back to basics, reconsidering some fundamental questions. The first being what is spectrum management? Surprisingly, national regulators rarely give definitions, so we are suggesting our own. We argue that spectrum management is controlling the… Read more...

Spectrum management
Jun 07, 2019
by Martin Sims

What is PolicyTracker about? Spectrum management is the answer, but what is it and why is it important? This is the first of a series of articles which considers these issues. Read more...

Spectrum policy
Jun 05, 2019
by Martin Sims

What approach to spectrum policy will deliver the most benefits? The answer to that question has changed over the years, moving from command and control to liberalisation and most recently to an emphasis on spectrum sharing. In this article we consider why opinion shifted. Read more...

Free pass for Annual Spectrum Summit, July 3, Germany
May 30, 2019
by Martin Sims

There is a brilliant line-up of key opinion-formers at the Spectrum Summit 2019 on 3 July in Germany and PolicyTracker customers can receive a free pass! The Spectrum Summit is organised by LS telecom in association with PolicyTracker and promises to be a fascinating event. The theme is Spectrum for Everyone & Everything with the… Read more...

Oxford course 16-19 Sept: the essential spectrum policy overview
May 22, 2019
by Martin Sims

Making the best use of the airwaves requires a knowledge of several disciplines: from engineering to law and from economics to technology trends. These are all covered in our signature course, Understanding Modern Spectrum Management, held at Oxford University from 16-19 September. The trainers include internationally recognised experts, such as the… Read more...

mmWave: the transatlantic divide
Apr 12, 2019
by Martin Sims

5G services in mmWave bands have been as popular in the US as they are unpopular in Europe. Verizon is already providing home broadband using pre-standards 5G in 28 GHz in several US cities, with AT&T following close behind. In Europe, there are plenty of mmWave trials. However, the only… Read more...

What are the financial implications of mobile coverage obligations?
Mar 19, 2019
by Martin Sims

Download the coverage obligations white paper Mobile coverage obligations are an increasingly important part of spectrum auctions and national connectivity strategies. This reflects the growing economic importance of mobile broadband and the patchy success of previous initiatives. In many developed nations there are no reliable voice and data services in… Read more...