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Jul 25, 2013 by admin

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Does 2+2 = 5G? by Kane Mumford
5G is like the great Gold Rush of the American West, except no one knows if there is actually any gold. But if there is, should mobile be digging for it in the lower-UHF band?
The US/EU policy divide over 5G by Kane Mumford
Brussels will be involved in every aspect of 5G development. The FCC won't. We're in a familiar place but this time its important we work together.
A sad day... by Martin Sims
It's difficult to be impartial about the UK's vote to leave the EU.
Brussels fiddles while Rome burns by Martin Sims
The European Commission must recognise the Brexit crisis by freezing all proposals which reduce national powers - in the spectrum field and elsewhere.
Spectrum survey pushes Commission harmonisation agenda by Kane Mumford
The regulatory framework review survey might have been less leading.
Bengaluru to Bogota: Regulators Are Learning About the Socio-Economic Benefits of Spectrum Sharing by H Nwana
Building digital economies doesn’t have to be expensive, as India is demonstrating to good effect. As the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, drives forward his vision for a Digital India, his government took the important step last month of issuing eight experimental licenses in the 470-582 MHz band.
The European Commission's legal action over spectrum: what can it achieve? by Kane Mumford
Whether the Commission is justified in trying to force member states to adopt the EU position at WRCs remains to be seen. The question is, will its strategy work?
Incentive auction: do the financiers' windfalls matter? by Martin Sims
Regulators and governments around the world are monitoring the US incentive auction to see if they should follow suit. If much of the profits go to investment firms rather than broadcasters, will that put them off?
The tragedy of the commons: tragically misunderstood? by Martin Sims
Spectrum policy often seems to rely on a simplistic interpretation of the term, not realising that it is discredited in the disciplines where it was born.
Will the incentive auction suffer a public perception problem? by Martin Sims
It's not the biggest or most popular broadcasters which are being offered the largest incentives....
The BT/EE merger could see more than one perfect storm on the horizon by Kane Mumford
The merger between BT and EE might be done and dusted, but the competition question rumbles on.
What mattered most to the spectrum community in 2015? by Kane Mumford
We can't claim to have spoken to every single person with an interest in spectrum policy, but we do have a pretty good proxy: PolicyTracker's most-read stories of 2015. Some you will guess, but some will surprise you....
25-26 DecHz identified for yuletide fun! by Martin Sims
 
WRC-15: the beginning of the end for regional agreements? by Kane Mumford
That’s the question PolicyTracker would like to ask, having digested the results of our survey on the outcomes of WRC-15. It is, of course, a slightly glib one.
Unresolved agenda items take WRC-15 right to the wire by Toby Youell
World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) negotiations are notorious for being complex, but this year’s inter-governmental event has exceeded expectations by remaining incomplete as of the penultimate morning.
Little progress on UHF but 2.7-2.9 GHz is off the table as WRC-15 searches for more mobile spectrum by Toby Youell
One more week to go to find agreement on Agenda Item 1.1
IMT in C-band to keep WRC-15 delegates up all night by Toby Youell
As well as being widely acknowledged as the most important event in spectrum management, the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) is also widely known for its long, drawn-out negotiations that can continue well into the early hours.
Could Poland's auction ever have gone right? by Martin Sims
A few ill-conceived lines in the statute book have forced Poland's Ministry of Administration and Digitization to curtail the 800 MHz/2.6 GHz auction, provoking an angry reaction from bidders.
What is the 28 GHz band worth? by Toby Youell
In these early days of 5G, there is very little agreement on which spectrum bands it will use. So far, discussions within the telecoms industry have focused on broader questions. Should the focus be on spectrum above or below 6 GHz? If so, when?
Ofcom sets market-based annual licence fees for 900 and 1800 MHz bands by Toby Youell
 
Ofcom proposes alternative way forward for IoT on licensed spectrum by Toby Youell
Machine-to-machine communications (M2M), expected eventually to support the much-heralded Internet of Things (IoT), have so far largely relied on sharing spectrum on a licence-exempt basis.
Discount for new book by PolicyTracker team by Martin Sims
Subscribers can get Understanding Spectrum Liberalisation for 20% less!
Huge spectrum trade accelerates L-band bandwagon by Toby Youell
Qualcomm has confirmed it will sell its 40 MHz of spectrum in the L-band in the UK to two mobile operators. Meanwhile, support for an IMT identification in the band at WRC-15 will be near global if its gets backing from Arab regulators meeting in Rabat.
Does it really take 13 years to get access to spectrum? by Toby Youell
CTIA-The Wireless Association is urging US regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to start work on the next round of spectrum assignments as soon as next year’s incentive auction is complete, so that 350 MHz of much-needed spectrum can be assigned for mobile use by 2019.
"mmMAGIC" and "FANTASTIC 5G" compete for 5G leadership by Toby Youell
The long summer months are known in journalism as the silly season because society’s movers and shakers go on holiday, causing a deficit of political and economic excitement.