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The WRC-19 Briefing: satellite, scientific, aeronautical, maritime, and amateur services
Jun 21, 2019
by Toby Youell

This week we are releasing the final three of our WRC-19 Briefing notes. These notes are designed to explain the current state of play for WRC-19: the high profile international event that reviews the Radio Regulations. We are publishing the WRC-19 Briefing notes shortly before the final round of meetings… Read more...

Does industry need its mid-band subsidy?
Jun 21, 2019
by Toby Youell

Governments have long considered tax breaks and credits useful tools to encourage investment in disadvantaged communities. Policymakers hope that they can encourage firms to put an under-used resource—people living in those communities—to more productive use, despite some of the perceived risks and costs associated with doing business in these areas.… Read more...

A new series of research notes: the WRC-19 Briefing

Radio spectrum policy makers get the opportunity to change the Radio Regulations, the rulebook for the international use of spectrum, every three or four years at World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRC). The next WRC, WRC-19, will be held at the Egyptian beach resort of Sharm El-Sheikh, for four weeks beginning this… Read more...

Oxford course: does 5G change the spectrum policy equation?
Jun 18, 2019
by Training blog

The propagation characteristics of mmWave spectrum and the challenging business case for 5G have given the spectrum policy community plenty of food for thought. Does this mean that sharing rather than exclusive licences should become the default position for 5G frequencies? Would auctions be counter-productive? We will be putting these… Read more...

What is spectrum management?
Jun 07, 2019
by Martin Sims

Our Weekly Spectrum Briefing usually talks about a current policy issue but recently we have been going back to basics, reconsidering some fundamental questions. The first being what is spectrum management? Surprisingly, national regulators rarely give definitions, so we are suggesting our own. We argue that spectrum management is controlling the… Read more...

Free pass for Annual Spectrum Summit, July 3, Germany
May 30, 2019
by Martin Sims

There is a brilliant line-up of key opinion-formers at the Spectrum Summit 2019 on 3 July in Germany and PolicyTracker customers can receive a free pass! The Spectrum Summit is organised by LS telecom in association with PolicyTracker and promises to be a fascinating event. The theme is Spectrum for Everyone & Everything with the… Read more...

Oxford course 16-19 Sept: the essential spectrum policy overview
May 22, 2019
by Martin Sims

Making the best use of the airwaves requires a knowledge of several disciplines: from engineering to law and from economics to technology trends. These are all covered in our signature course, Understanding Modern Spectrum Management, held at Oxford University from 16-19 September. The trainers include internationally recognised experts, such as the… Read more...

MNOs bite back – carriers try to side-step coverage obligations
May 16, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

Poor mobile coverage has always been troublesome for everyone. Just ask David Cameron. When the former UK prime minister had to cut short his summer holidays due to a lack of mobile coverage, he issued a plea for better broadband for rural communities. But almost five years later, "not-spots" remain… Read more...

Could radar-communications spectrum sharing ease the capacity crunch?
May 03, 2019
by Dugie Standeford

In the first of a new series focussed on academic research on spectrum-related issues, we look at whether radar and communication systems could share spectrum to help relieve spectrum scarcity. Read more...

Mobile competition in the 5G era: a white paper
May 01, 2019
by Training blog

Competition in the mobile market has always been a balancing act, but 5G may be tipping the scales. PolicyTracker's new white paper, Mobile competition in the 5G era, examines the key policy issues, including: Is more competition necessarily better? Does competition damage investment? Is there an ideal number of operators? Where do… Read more...