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PolicyTracker’s 4G and 5G Spectrum Guide

For the past three years we have published the leading resource for sector professionals seeking to understand future directions in 4G and 5G spectrum. The new edition has been updated for 2019 and is now available for purchase. For the first time it includes an analysis of the satellite sector,… Read more...

mmWave 5G spectrum: what has happened over the past year?

Our Research Notes on 5G spectrum have been updated here, covering the developments of the past year and progress for IMT identifications in mmWave bands at the ITU November WRC-19 Inter-Regional Workshop. Read more...

New section of Research Service: notes on SES, Airbus and Inmarsat

The satellite industry may be economically smaller than its mobile counterpart but it is becoming increasingly important in discussions of spectrum policy. One example is the tens of thousands of new non-geostationary satellites that operators are launching to target new or underserved markets. The ITU-R Director-elect, Mario Maniewicz, told us in… Read more...

It’s all 5G now…

Concluding our review of prospects for current mobile bands, its worth making a final point: if you are selling or buying spectrum these days it is usually described as “5G”. The new generation certainly will support a wide range of bands (see diagram), and in a semantic sense everything in… Read more...

Time runs out for 900 MHz and 2.1 GHz

There will be a bonfire of the licences in 900 MHz and 2.1 GHz over the next two years, with over 80 expiring. Deciding whether to extend the terms or re-auction the licences will be a key question for many regulators over the coming months. Read more...

Spectrum Research Service: L-Band is getting wider

Continuing our analysis of current mobile bands in the Spectrum Research Service, we look at the gradual progress towards extending L-Band.  Read more...

Spectrum Research Service: What is happening to the current mobile bands?

In the past few weeks we have updated our Spectrum Research Service entries about the current mobile bands and will be highlighting trends in a series of research notes. We start by identifying the technological progression from 2G to 5G. Some bands are still being used for 2G - and… Read more...

Verizon policy overview: 5G is their priority

By the end of the year Verizon is promising to launch the first US commercial 5G network for fixed broadband services, followed by mobile 5G services next year. This may not be the world's first 5G commercial network  - both Finland and Qatar have claimed that prize - but their… Read more...

Facebook policy overview: HAPs, sharing and using spectrum above 95 GHz

Facebook may no longer be planning to build its own high altitude battery-powered gliders, but it remains committed to HAPS and this is the main theme of its WRC-19 lobbying. The HAPs strategy is part of the company's drive to connect the developing world and this commitment also motivates their… Read more...

Google policy overview: unlicensed, sharing and unused satellite registrations

Each year we consider how the spectrum policy priorities of the leading industry players has evolved, and our latest examination of Google's activities shows it continuing to promote unlicensed spectrum, sharing and dynamic spectrum access. Recently the company has focused on the 3.5 GHz, 6 GHz and over 95 GHz… Read more...