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Countries with low spectrum auction prices, long licence lengths and less onerous coverage obligations tend to have better network coverage, a wider choice of services, better take-up and healthy competition, according to new research.
Kalpak Gude, formerly of satellite firm Intelsat and US regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and now head of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA), talks to PolicyTracker about the C-band, spectrum sharing and mobile industry association the GSMA.
The use of blockchains, a form of dynamic distributed database, to manage spectrum is just an idea at the moment, but some experts in emerging technologies say it's one worth exploring.
The measure suggested by the European Commission in its review of the EU telecommunications regulatory framework could increase legal uncertainty and bureaucracy and would not effectively achieve the intended benefits, said the group.
With the European Council and European Commission agreeing to a revised proposal in December, the Parliament’s assent means the process is now complete.
In its response to the UK regulator’s consultation on the auction of 3.5 GHz and 2.3 GHz spectrum, BT/EE said operators were not facing a capacity strain.
Italy's Ministry for Economic Development (MISE) picked cities that are located in a variety of geographical areas and can offer access to 3.7-3.8 GHz spectrum. Telecom Italia has also announced plans to hold a 5G trial in Turin.
The auction, which aimed to clear broadcasters out of 144 MHz of spectrum in the 600 MHz band for wireless services, ended up clearing only 84 MHz. Some call that a failure, while others, including an FCC commissioner, say it's a successful enough experiment to encourage more such auctions down the line.
As expected, members agreed to accelerate specifications for enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) in Release 15, leaving work on autonomous driving and network sharing to future releases.
Ofcom has proposed opening the 5725-5850 MHz band for Wi-Fi applications ahead of discussions on the issue at WRC-19. The decision was based on the absence of any EC decision governing the band and on a "lack of compelling arguments" not to proceed.
The UK wants to be a leader in 5G rollout, its government said in a policy paper published yesterday. That includes releasing or sharing more government spectrum and the possibility of enabling 5G services in the 3.8-4.2 GHz band.
Poland’s telecoms regulator UKE plans to reassign spectrum in the 450 MHz band after Orange Poland decided not to extend its licence for a price it considers excessive.
The average final price paid in spectrum auctions increased by 250 per cent between 2008 and 2016, according to a study carried out for mobile industry association the GSMA. Reserve prices have more than quadrupled in the same period, the study says.