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Clearing 700 MHz for 5G "not easy" for Italy Premium

Feb 28, 2017 by Dugie Standeford

The Italian government needs to clear the band by no later than 2022 for mobile broadband services and ultimately 5G, but is hampered by an abundance of TV multiplexes.

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Qualcomm, China Mobile and ZTE to test 3GPP specifications in 3.5 GHz band Premium

Feb 27, 2017 by Kane Mumford

The companies are planning interoperability tests and field trials based on the as-yet undefined 3GPP standard for 5G and are focusing on a standalone new radio network.

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FCC approves first LTE-U devices in 5 GHz band Premium

Feb 24, 2017 by Dugie Standeford

The first-ever authorisation for LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) devices to operate in the Wi-Fi 5 GHz band will be a win for consumers, the US regulator says. Public interest groups aren't so sure, saying the FCC risks disrupting new Wi-Fi services. T-Mobile said it would launch LTE-U services in the spring.

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UK regulator rules out 450-470 MHz alignment with rest of Europe Premium

Feb 23, 2017 by Kane Mumford

Ofcom has signalled the end of a long-running discussion over whether 450-470 MHz should be harmonised with the rest of Europe, saying it is not necessary or proportionate to do so.

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Standards development does not match UK's LTE PPDR network timescales Premium

Feb 22, 2017 by Kane Mumford

The UK's Emergency Services Network (ESN) project is due to launch this September but the development of standards is not following the same schedule. Erik Guttman of 3GPP told PolicyTracker that the UK Home Office has worked closely with 3GPP but said it was up to organisations how they use its standards.

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We know exactly what 5G is, says ETSI CTO Premium

Feb 21, 2017 by Kane Mumford

ETSI chief technical officer Adrian Scrase says 5G will at least initially be focused on enhanced mobile broadband.

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Hearing in Commission vs Council WRC-15 case due in May Premium

Feb 20, 2017 by Kane Mumford

A hearing due to take place at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on 2 May will provide the basis for a ruling on just how much influence the European Commission should have over international spectrum bargaining positions.

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Three UK's acquisition of 3.5 GHz broadband operator won't redress the balance of spectrum holdings Premium

Feb 17, 2017 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.

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Europe's PPDR industry to stick with Tetra for next 10 years Premium

Europe's PPDR industry to stick with Tetra for next 10 years
Feb 17, 2017 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.

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Hong Kong government accused of blocking 5G progress Premium

Feb 16, 2017 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).

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Polish industry associations unhappy with spectrum changes Premium

Feb 13, 2017 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.

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Ofcom provides an update on its 5G spectrum plans Premium

Feb 10, 2017 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.

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Revised Swedish 700 MHz auction schedule to be unveiled later this year Premium

Feb 09, 2017 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.

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