Personal tools

PolicyTracker: the spectrum management newsletter

PolicyTracker is the only newsletter devoted exclusively to spectrum management and policy. Take a trial by clicking on an article below or click here to find out more about our subscription service.

 We also organise training courses, publish business reports and carry out bespoke research

Spectrum swaps start to defragment 1800 MHz band in Australia Premium

Sep 26, 2011 by Michael Newlands

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is working with the country’s mobile operators to arrange spectrum swaps in the fragmented 1800 MHz band to allow the launch of LTE before the digital dividend 700 MHz band becomes available.

Read More…

Spectrum policy drives 3G coverage in Guatemala and El Salvador Premium

Sep 28, 2011 by Dugie Standeford

Guatemala and El Salvador have taken novel approaches to spectrum allocation but their regimes aren’t likely to set a trend despite global interest in greater spectrum liberalisation.

Read More…

Spain plans new spectrum auction Premium

Sep 22, 2011 by Jonathan Watson

Spain’s ministry of industry, tourism and communications (MITYC) is planning a new auction to allocate the spectrum that was left unsold at the end of its previous auction, held in July.

Read More…

Aussies propose combinatorial auction format for 4G spectrum Premium

Sep 21, 2011 by Michael Newlands

Spectrum regulator the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has announced it will use a combinatorial clock auction (CCA) format for the first time in next year’s planned auction of 4G spectrum.

Read More…

Four apply for French 2.6 GHz spectrum Premium

Sep 20, 2011 by Jonathan Watson

France’s four main mobile operators have all applied to take part in the country’s 2.6 GHz auction, according to telecoms regulator ARCEP.

Read More…

US white space database tests begin Premium

Sep 19, 2011 by Dugie Standeford

Spectrum Bridge will begin testing its white space database system today. The 45-day public trial will help determine whether the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) grants the company final approval to operate the database in the TV band.

Read More…

Mobily launches world’s first TD-LTE network in Saudi Arabia Premium

Sep 16, 2011 by Michael Newlands

Mobily, the Saudi Arabian subsidiary of UAE telecoms group Etisalat, has launched the world’s first commercial TD-LTE network. It claims this is the first LTE network of any kind in the Middle East and North Africa region.

Read More…

Mexico ponders “paradigm shift” in spectrum policy Premium

Sep 15, 2011 by Martin Sims

Mexico's regulators are considering how spectrum policy can play its part in making a highly concentrated market more competitive.

Read More…

European broadcasters recommend more safeguards against interference Premium

Sep 14, 2011 by Dugie Standeford

European broadcasters have unveiled new recommendations for preventing harmful interference to digital terrestrial TV (DTT) signals from mobile phones and smartphones in the 790–862 MHz band. The issue of potential interference to cable TV set-top boxes and other consumer equipment from LTE services, meanwhile, may be edging toward a solution.

Read More…

Italian spectrum auction gets under way Premium

Sep 13, 2011 by Jonathan Watson

The bidding has now started in Italy’s 4G spectrum auction. According to the country's ministry of development, more than €3 billion had been raised by the end of the eighth day.

Read More…

Ofcom’s white space plans “don’t deal with interference issues” Premium

Sep 12, 2011 by Michael Newlands

When Ofcom published its plans for the TV white spaces last week, broadcasters and wireless microphone users saw their worst fears realised and their objections largely ignored. However, they have support from a surprising quarter.

Read More…

Vodafone finally gets competition in Albanian 3G market Premium

Sep 08, 2011 by Michael Newlands

Albania’s largest mobile service provider, Greek operator Cosmote’s subsidiary Albanian Mobile Communications (AMC), has been awarded the country’s second 3G licence nearly a year after Vodafone was awarded the first.

Read More…

Court insists on prompt payment for French 4G licences Premium

Sep 07, 2011 by Jonathan Watson

France’s highest court, the Conseil d’Etat, has rejected Free Mobile’s demand that fees for licences won in the country’s upcoming 4G spectrum auction should not have to be paid upfront.

Read More…