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New speaker for auctions webinar this Wednesday
May 25, 2020
by PolicyTracker

Professor Erik Bohlin from Chalmers University in Sweden will be joining our New Thinking on Spectrum Auctions webinar on Wednesday May 27. The webinar will consider how auctions are evolving in the light of the need to stimulate innovation and improve network investment and nationwide coverage. Professor Bohlin joins other… Read more...

New Dossier: the changing relationship between mobile and satellite
May 21, 2020
by PolicyTracker

Mobile and satellite have always been colleagues as well as competitors but the balance seems to be shifting in favour of cooperation. There are frequent complaints about mobile encroachment into satellite spectrum but in the background MNOs like Rakuten and Vodafone are hoping that satellite can move beyond occasional provision… Read more...

Webinar: New Thinking on Spectrum Auctions (May 27)
May 13, 2020
by PolicyTracker

The use of spectrum auctions was once a black-and-white issue but is now more shades of grey. For over a decade auctions have been the predominant method of assigning spectrum because they incentivised spectrum efficiency whereas beauty contests often ended in legal challenges. But in many countries policy priorities have… Read more...

O2’s legal challenge to UK auction is not a one-off

The UK's regulator has had a frustrating couple of months in its efforts to assign the 700 MHz and 3.6 - 3.8 GHz bands. For a start, the Coronavirus pandemic has made it harder to get anything done, especially something as sensitive as a spectrum auction. In response to the… Read more...

Incentive auctions: absence is as notable as presence

One of the themes in our new Spectrum Auctions Dossier is the evolution of formats. The combinatorial clock auction has declined in popularity and recent years have been mostly been notable for minor modifications of an existing approaches. But there has been one truly revolutionary development: the incentive auction. The… Read more...

A new Dossier: Spectrum Auctions

Recent news about spectrum auctions has focussed on cancellations due to the COVID-19 crisis: but underlying this there are bigger issues explored in our new Spectrum Auctions Dossier.  In the past 20 years auctions have become the go-to means of assigning spectrum, but they are being questioned as never before.… Read more...

Policy Dossiers: a new addition to the Spectrum Research Service

Our Dossiers give an overview of current high-profile policy debates. We split the topic down to a handful of key issues, analysing stakeholder perspectives and identifying the key events which have shaped policy development. Each Dossier is a portal for our knowledge on the subject, highlighting new events as well… Read more...

5G in fixed bands: how did we get here and where are we going?

1992 was an eventful year. The Cold War officially ended, NAFTA was signed, and the World Administrative Radio Conference (WARC-92) identified the 1980 - 2010 MHz and 2170 - 2200 MHz bands for both the satellite and terrestrial components of Future Public Land Mobile Telecommunication Systems. These agreements were somewhat… Read more...

Editorial: 5G conspiracy theory shows we must change PR strategy
Apr 21, 2020
by Martin Sims

Who is your first stop for health advice? The world's leading scientists, or a man who thinks "tall, blood-drinking, shape-shifting reptilian humanoids from the Alpha Draconis star system, now hiding in underground bases, are the force behind a worldwide conspiracy against humanity"? When it comes to 5G, the lizard man -… Read more...

First quarter of the decade sees record spectrum auctions

The new iteration of the PolicyTracker Spectrum Database (PSD) takes into account over 10,000 MHz of new or changed national spectrum assignments. The COVID-19 pandemic may have put several imminent spectrum auctions on ice, but the first three months of 2020 had already seen an enormous amount of spectrum put… Read more...