Country Research Notes now feature population density maps

Our country Research Notes have been updated and now include population density maps. Population density is a crucial factor for most wireless services: it determines how many people can receive them and so the economic viability of a product or the cost of reaching most of the population. The population density maps,… Read more...

April spectrum training course: early bird deadline extended
Feb 28, 2019
by Training blog

To allow more time to take advantage of the £250 discount, the early bird deadline for our London Understanding Modern Spectrum Management  course has been extended until Wednesday 6 March. The course offers a full grounding in all aspects of wireless communications but also considers how 5G can deliver the maximum… Read more...

5G spectrum clubs and “open trials”: does free mean freeloading?
Feb 20, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

Millimetre wave spectrum not only promises to deliver faster speeds, greater bandwidth and lower latency, but its restricted propagation means it may come with a whole new range of licensing models. France, for example, is offering temporary licences in the 26 GHz band to companies willing to allow third parties access… Read more...

Will 5G live up to the hype? It depends who you ask
Feb 04, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

With less than a month until MWC Barcelona kicks off, the hype surrounding 5G is reaching unprecedented levels - even by wireless industry standards. More and more telecoms companies are now sharing their ambitious plans about how we’ll soon be living in a 5G world.  The release of technology and… Read more...

April training course: book now and save £250!
Feb 01, 2019
by Training blog

As the first 5G auctions usher in a new era our London training course is an ideal opportunity to examine the underlying policy and technical questions. Understanding Modern Spectrum Management offers a full grounding in all aspects of wireless communications but also considers how 5G can deliver the maximum benefits.… Read more...

What will Switzerland do with its cleared spectrum?
Jan 25, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

Last week we reported that Switzerland was going to switch off free-to-air digital terrestrial television (DTT). But what is the country's regulator going to do with all that UHF spectrum? Clearing a frequency band earlier than expected is probably every regulator's dream. So what are Ofcom's intentions? An auction? A secondary… Read more...

Do spectrum costs have any effect on consumer prices?
Jan 18, 2019
by Martin Sims

For many years economists told us that sunk costs - such as the amount you pay in a spectrum auction - do not influence consumer prices. But opinions are starting to change... Read more...

Country Profiles fully updated for 2019

Spectrum availability is a key factor among countries wishing to "win" the race to 5G. All of the major economies are planning spectrum awards, and the choice of band and auction design is unique to each situation. While some countries emphasise speed to market, others emphasise competition between mobile operators,… Read more...

Happy holidays and thank you!
Dec 21, 2018
by Martin Sims

    Dear colleague, It's Christmas here in the UK, when many of us will be relaxing, eating too much and watching lots of TV. It's also a time for looking back over the past year and looking forward to the new one. PolicyTracker only exists because of our subscribers,… Read more...

Year in review: The top stories of 2018
Dec 20, 2018
by Manuel R. Marti

As another year draws to a close, we thought we'd look back at some of 2018's most significant spectrum news. Future historians of 5G are likely to think of 2018 as a defining year. South Korea, Italy and the US became the first countries to auction mmWave spectrum. Others such as Spain, Australia,… Read more...