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EU rubber stamps €120m free Wi-Fi “branding exercise” Premium

Jun 02, 2017 by Kane Mumford

The money for will be available to local authorities through “simple and non-bureaucratic procedures”, according to the European Commission.

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Google wants CBRS-style approach in Europe Premium

Jun 01, 2017 by Kane Mumford

Google and Apple have both been getting more interested in spectrum. Are they doing anything new?

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Malta becomes latest country to release 1.5 GHz auction plan Premium

May 31, 2017 by Kane Mumford

1.5 GHz spectrum is set to be released for supplemental downlink (SDL) by some European countries in the coming years but interest is still patchy and shared use makes it a tricky proposition.

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Belgium leaves 1400 MHz out of spectrum auction plans Premium

May 30, 2017 by Kane Mumford

Belgian operators have not shown much interest in the band, but their counterparts in the Netherlands are urging the Dutch government to make it available as soon as possible.

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Spectrum auction design affects prices paid, study finds Premium

May 25, 2017 by Dugie Standeford

The choice of bidding rules influences auction revenues, a finding that should be considered by auction designers, say Imperial College London Research Fellow Pantelis Koutroumpis and regulatory economist Martin Cave. NERA economic consultant Richard Marsden, however, said that while the findings will spur an interesting debate, the authors' case is not proven.

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Analysts highlight gap between 5G spending projections and reality Premium

May 24, 2017 by Kane Mumford

Following predictions for how much revenue 5G would generate, researchers have been assessing mobile operators’ capital expenditure.

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"Four fifths of MNOs" to start densifying networks by 2020 Premium

May 23, 2017 by Kane Mumford

AT&T’s David Orloff told the SCWS World Summit that “hyper-dense networks” will contain 1.8 million cells by 2020.

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Ireland 3.6 GHz auction exceeds expectations, netting €78m Premium

Ireland 3.6 GHz auction exceeds expectations, netting €78m
Jun 27, 2017 by Kane Mumford

The results are twenty times the price paid in a recent comparable auction: PolicyTracker understands that they outstripped Irish regulator ComReg's "optimistic" expectations. Surprisingly, the bidder who won only rural licences paid the most in proportionate terms.

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Car industry not “waiting for 5G to happen” Premium

May 18, 2017 by Kane Mumford

A source from a leading European automotive company told PolicyTracker that the 3.4-3.8 GHz band could be used for automotive applications but it is still too early to tell.

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Asia-Pacific approves harmonisation of 700 MHz and 800 MHz spectrum for LTE PPDR Premium

May 17, 2017 by Kane Mumford

The Asia-Pacific Wireless Group (APT-AWG) has unanimously approved a new recommendation on harmonising spectrum in these bands for broadband public safety networks.

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800 mobile operators support 26 GHz for WRC-19 harmonisation Premium

May 16, 2017 by Kane Mumford

The GSMA’s operator members are supporting the European position that 26 GHz should be the mmWave band used for 5G services globally. 28 GHz, under study in the US and South Korea, is unequivocally off the table, according to the European administrations' group CEPT.

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EU regulators: European Commission’s proposals put member states’ spectrum autonomy at risk Premium

May 15, 2017 by Kane Mumford

BEREC, which is made up of the 28 EU member states’ electronic communications regulators, said the proposals in the Commission’s draft Electronic Communications Code (ECC) “individually might seem like sensible spectrum management tools” but when they are considered together, they make for risk-creating regulatory and legal uncertainty.

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French spectrum regulator organises "Hackathon" Premium

May 11, 2017 by Kane Mumford

This evening a mix of engineering and business students and ICT professionals will gather in Paris to discuss plans for the second annual Agence Nationale Des Fréquences (ANFR) Hackathon. The event next weekend aims to find innovative new uses for the store of data that ANFR, like all spectrum regulators, has at its disposal.

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