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Sep 08, 2015 by admin

Three UK's acquisition of 3.5 GHz broadband operator won't redress the balance of spectrum holdings by Dugie Standeford
Three UK's acquisition of UK Broadband, if approved, will give the operator more spectrum for 4G and 5G down the road but won't alleviate its current concerns about unbalanced spectrum distribution. Those concerns are shared by rival operator O2.
Europe's PPDR industry to stick with Tetra for next 10 years by Kane Mumford
Europe's PPDR industry is sceptical about the progress of the UK’s LTE PPDR network programme and is pursuing a more evolutionary approach to the development of critical communications technology.
Hong Kong government accused of blocking 5G progress by Dugie Standeford
Hong Kong Telecom's claims that the government is refusing to free up more spectrum for 5G are "reckless and unreasonable," says the Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA).
Polish industry associations unhappy with spectrum changes by Jaroslaw Adamowski
Poland’s Ministry of Digital Affairs aims to allocate the 694-790 MHz band for IMT before the EU finalises the text of its 700 MHz agreement, but local broadcasting and IT & telecoms industry associations are protesting against the draft regulation that amends the spectrum allocation table.
Ofcom provides an update on its 5G spectrum plans by Dugie Standeford
The UK regulator plans to focus on the 700 MHz, 3.4-3.6 GHz, 3.6-3.8 GHz and 26 GHz bands for the time being as it looks to build consensus on globally harmonised bands.
Revised Swedish 700 MHz auction schedule to be unveiled later this year by Kane Mumford
The Swedish government had halted plans to auction spectrum in the 700 MHz band late last year under pressure from Swedish public safety authorities.
Denmark to seek new PPDR communications provider by Kane Mumford
A representative of the Danish National Police says the tender process will start in September.
5G has the potential to harm radio astronomy services by Kane Mumford
Following the detection of radio signals from a distant galaxy last month, PolicyTracker spoke in more depth to Benjamin Winkel, the man responsible for spectrum management at the Effelsberg radio telescope, about the issues facing radio astronomy.
Dutch issue plan for 700 MHz, 1.4 GHz and 2.1 GHz auction by Kane Mumford
The country’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MEA) has outlined its plan to apply spectrum caps and coverage obligations in the upcoming 700 MHz, 1.4 GHz and 2.1 GHz auction.
mmWave deals in US give indication of spectrum value by Kane Mumford
US operators Verizon and AT&T are both set to conclude deals to acquire spectrum above 24 GHz by the end of the year from other companies, while a financial firm has doubts about spectrum bank Straight Path’s ability to sell its holdings for a high price.
FCC details broadcaster transition plans as spectrum incentive auction nears end by Dugie Standeford
As bidding in the US spectrum incentive auction winds down, the focus shifts to the nitty-gritty of moving broadcasters out of their spectrum.
"Downlink-only" access below 700 MHz dropped from Brussels proposal on UHF by Kane Mumford
The European Parliament's Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) has approved the axing of a "downlink-only" (SDL) clause in the proposed EU decision on the UHF band. In the US, the band plan for 600 MHz after the incentive auction also makes the introduction of SDL unlikely in that band.
Ubiquitous connectivity is unlikely without collaboration by Kane Mumford
The UK’s National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) is considering less than full connectivity on roads, raising questions about the more ambitious elements of the 5G vision.
New FCC chair likely to focus on spectrum for mobile and 5G by Dugie Standeford
The newly appointed Federal Communications Commission Chairman (FCC) Ajit Pai looks set to prioritise finalising the spectrum incentive auction, freeing spectrum for 5G and clawing back government spectrum for commercial use.
UK parliamentary committee demands action over ESN by Kane Mumford
The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC), an influential group of UK MPs, says the planned Emergency Services Network (ESN) is unlikely to be ready by December 2019.
BT wants post-Brexit clarity from UK government by Kane Mumford
Larry Stone, BT’s president of group public and government affairs, says the company has held meetings with the UK government to discuss post-Brexit telecoms policy and the UK’s relationship with the rest of Europe.
AT&T’s “real-world” 5G trial based on dedicated backhaul by Kane Mumford
The US operator's recent trial was with an unspecified business customer on a simulated network.
Everything in 3GPP Release 15 to be called “5G” by Kane Mumford
Discussions within 3GPP’s Project Coordination Group (PGC) are still ongoing, but for now it looks like the 5G stamp will make it onto the front page of all specification documents for Release 15.
Norway more focused on uses for vacant spectrum than on 5G by Kane Mumford
Norwegian regulator Nkom's plans for the 42 GHz band are about making spectrum available now rather than holding it back for future possible uses, according to its director of frequency management John-Eivind Velure.
Australia could become a four-player mobile market after 700 MHz auction by Kane Mumford
The regulator believes there is enough market interest to justify its decision not to sell two chunks of 700 MHz to Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) last year.