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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...

Outages show the need to think clearly about national security
Dec 10, 2018
by Manuel R. Marti

An O2 network failure in the UK has shown how mobile underpins vital infrastructure but is Huawei the right target for our national security fears? Even the EU is now expressing concerns. Chinese technology companies are an emerging powerhouse and banning them may soon be impractical as well as self-defeating. Read more...

Spectrum sharing now on the table for mobile players
Dec 03, 2018
by Manuel R. Marti

The mobile industry association (GSMA) has indicated its willingness to start sharing spectrum. It said in a position paper that sharing can play a complementary role to traditional spectrum licensing by allowing mobile services to access new bands where there are no other reasonable alternatives. "The continued rise in data traffic means… 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...

Signature training course moves to historic radio heartland
Nov 27, 2018
by Training blog

The dates for Understanding Modern Spectrum Management are confirmed; our trainers feature leading spectrum policy experts; and we have another announcement: the April course has moved to a picturesque central London location at the heart of radio history. Bush House in central London was for many years the home of the… Read more...

Can regulators be as irrational as the rest of us?
Nov 26, 2018
by Richard Handford

Behavioural economics argues that consumers often reach illogical decisions, rather than always acting in their own interests. They are not the only ones. Perhaps regulators can be guilty of this as well. A paper by James Cooper of George Mason University School of Law and William Kovacic from the George… 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...

Training courses for 2019
Nov 20, 2018
by Training blog

A note for your diaries - the dates for our 2019 training courses: • Understanding Modern Spectrum Management Central London: 1-4 April Oxford: 16-19 September Our signature four day course, giving an overview of the key issues in the field and covering engineering, policy, regulation, economics and law. • Spectrum Auctions… 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...