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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...

Saudi Arabia 2.3 GHz and 2.6 GHz assignment
Feb 07, 2019
by Martin Sims

February 7, 2019 The CITC has completed this auction. A PolicyTracker article about the award is available here. December 18, 2018 The Saudi Arabian Regulator, the CITC, is planning to release 2.3 GHz and 2.6 GHz in 2019. The confirmation came at an ITU seminar in Riyadh on 18-19 December… Read more...

Do spectrum costs have any effect on consumer prices?
Jan 18, 2019
by Martin Sims

For many years economists told us that sunk costs - such as the amount you pay in a spectrum auction - do not influence consumer prices. But opinions are starting to change... Read more...