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Research update: the proliferation of mobile bands in 1700-2200 MHz

This week our Research Service focuses on a frequency range where mobile usage is particularly fragmented: 1700-2200 MHz. Read more...

Research update: China seeks 5G leadership

Our latest Research Notes focus on China, namely the world's biggest operator, China Mobile and a manufacturer of increasing importance, ZTE.  In the past year both companies have made 5G a strategic priority. For China Mobile 2017 has brought a noticeable change of emphasis from rolling out 4G to a wider vision which embraces IoT… Read more...

Inmarsat launch: regulatory fudge or technical triumph?
Jun 30, 2017
by Kane Mumford

When the Commission tried to encourage a pan-European paging market by setting aside the 169.4-169.8 MHz under the European Radio Messaging System, or ERMES, how could they have known that SMS was about to take off. The spectrum stayed very much set-aside for about 15 years while the legislative process… Read more...

What is really holding back “5G” in Europe?
Jun 09, 2017
by Kane Mumford

The GSMA and ETNO have called on legislators yet again to ditch their “grim” approach to the 5G vision, as if having concerns about one-size fits all licence terms, pushy auction planning rules and more centralised control of spectrum policy were just a way to spoil everyone else’s fun. Are longer licence… Read more...

Spectrum wars 2.0
Apr 21, 2017
by Kane Mumford

In the same way that warfare has supposedly, for lack of a better word, “evolved” over time from the wholesale conquering of an enemy’s territory into a more targeted and strategic business, the battle for spectrum looks to be heading the same way. Read more...

Does competition require equal shares of spectrum?
Mar 24, 2017
by Kane Mumford

PolicyTracker has heard that regulatory affairs departments of mobile operators are increasingly being seen by boards as income generators rather than cost centres. Read more...

Make your mind up time
Mar 17, 2017
by Kane Mumford

Seriously now: are we facing an imminent lack of spectrum due to exponential data demand or are we not? Answers, please, in the context of the European Parliament confirming the timetable for the clearance of 700 MHz. Read more...

5G or not 5G?
Jan 27, 2017
by Kane Mumford

3GPP’s Release 15 will probably bear the “5G stamp”. This means that there is nothing to stop marketers calling LTE and LTE-advanced technology included in the final documentation “5G” when it is approved around the end of 2018. Read more...

Has social media ruined the consultation process?
Jan 13, 2017
by Kane Mumford

Make the Air Fair’s campaign may be an oversimplification of the facts. Still, the people have spoken. What will Ofcom do about it? Read more...

Ofcom has kept up well with the challenges of the UK 4G PPDR network
Nov 18, 2016
by Kane Mumford

As the UK broadband PPDR network is called into question by parliament, regulators around the world will be looking to the project to see what lessons they can learn. Read more...