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Six key trends in current mobile bands
Sep 18, 2019
by Toby Youell

Radio spectrum policy is often discussed in the context of "winning" the race to 5G, or at least ensuring that consumers will not end up losing out on some of its promised benefits. But 4G and 2G services, and to a lesser extent 3G services, continue to deliver substantial benefits… Read more...

Updated band profiles
Sep 11, 2019
by Toby Youell

The profiles of mobile bands in our Spectrum Research Services have been updated to take into account developments over the past year. These include auctions and regulatory decisions at the national, regional, and global level, as well as important industry initiatives. In contrast to the technology's early focus on mmWave… Read more...

Valuation and auctions courses: book now for early bird discount
Aug 25, 2019
by Training blog

Next month we are running our Valuing the Spectrum course immediately followed by the Spectrum Auctions Masterclass at the same central London venue. These two day courses are essential for anyone involved in buying or selling spectrum licences and there is a discount for booking them together. Valuing the Spectrum is on 15-16 October,… Read more...

WRC-19 report updated: areas of agreement and unresolved issues
Aug 16, 2019
by Toby Youell

With four months to go until WRC-19, where do we stand now? What has happened since the report we published last year? The ITU World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRCs) are hugely important. They set the pattern for how spectrum will be used globally. The WRC-19 agenda, for example, includes choosing the bands for mmWave 5G.… Read more...

Oxford spectrum course: book this week for best value prices!
Aug 12, 2019
by Training blog

Our long-running Understanding Modern Spectrum Management course is being held in Oxford on 16-19 September and you can save £250 by booking this week.  The course  gives a comprehensive overview of the technical principles of spectrum management as well as tracing the developments which underly the emerging 5G policy environment. The… Read more...

5G verticals
Aug 09, 2019
by Toby Youell

This summer we are publishing a series of "Spectrum 101" research notes that revisit the basics of modern spectrum management. This week we turn out attention to 5G verticals - the idea that the next generation of mobile networks will focus on industrial applications, rather than the mass consumer market.… Read more...

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...

Eight countries make 5G spectrum available in Q2
Aug 02, 2019
by Toby Youell

The latest update of the PolicyTracker Spectrum Database shows 5G assignments picking up in both mmWave and mid-band frequencies. Despite attention on the German C-band auction, the quarter's most expensive spectrum was acquired elsewhere. Read more...

5G spectrum
Aug 01, 2019
by Toby Youell

This summer we are publishing a six-section Spectrum 101 that sets out the fundamentals of modern spectrum management. This week we put the focus on 5G. Our note summarises global approaches to making spectrum available for the emerging mobile technology. Our take is that the current 4G low- and mid-bands… 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...