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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...

Happy holidays and thank you!
Dec 21, 2018
by Martin Sims

    Dear colleague, It's Christmas here in the UK, when many of us will be relaxing, eating too much and watching lots of TV. It's also a time for looking back over the past year and looking forward to the new one. PolicyTracker only exists because of our subscribers,… Read more...

Operators overview
Dec 10, 2018
by Martin Sims

In general operators are keen to be seen as 5G leaders but have greater reservations about the use of mmWave bands than the vendors do. Read more...

5G bands overview
Nov 30, 2018
by Martin Sims

The frequencies most likely to win approval as 5G candidate bands at WRC-19 are 26 GHz and the bands around 40 GHz. However, 28 GHz, which is outside the ITU process, is already being used for 5G in the USA and will become one of the key global bands. 3.3-3.8… Read more...

Belgium: proposal to reduce annual fees for some fixed links used for rural broadband
Nov 05, 2018
by Martin Sims

In order to meet the objectives of the European Digital Agenda, which says that all EU citizens should have access to 30 Mbps broadband by 2020, the Belgian regulator, BIPT, is proposing some new financial incentives. These inducements would apply to areas where broadband infrastructure is currently absent or is only… Read more...

Lithuanian 3.4-3.8 GHz auction
Oct 08, 2018
by Martin Sims

The Communications Regulatory Authority of Lithuania intends to auction 3.4-3.8 GHz in 2019 and is asking for comments on its plans. The proposals are available here (in Lithuanian).   Read more...