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New FCC chair likely to focus on spectrum for mobile and 5G Premium

Jan 30, 2017 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.

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UK parliamentary committee demands action over ESN Premium

Jan 26, 2017 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.

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BT wants post-Brexit clarity from UK government Premium

Jan 25, 2017 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.

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AT&T’s “real-world” 5G trial based on dedicated backhaul Premium

Jan 24, 2017 by Kane Mumford

The US operator's recent trial was with an unspecified business customer on a simulated network.

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Everything in 3GPP Release 15 to be called “5G” Premium

Jan 23, 2017 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.

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Norway more focused on uses for vacant spectrum than on 5G Premium

Jan 19, 2017 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.

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Australia could become a four-player mobile market after 700 MHz auction Premium

Jan 18, 2017 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.

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Myanmar makes new spectrum award Premium

Jan 17, 2017 by Kane Mumford

An undisclosed amount of spectrum with a 15-year licence term has been sold for $300 million to a large consortium consisting of state interests from Myanmar and Vietnam, as well as 11 local telecoms companies.

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Straight Path could be fined $100m for not using spectrum Premium

Jan 16, 2017 by Kane Mumford

The firm said it has now settled with US regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which was investigating it for failing to use its spectrum.

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Brazil's 3.5 GHz 5G review will focus on LTE-Advanced Premium

Jan 12, 2017 by Kane Mumford

Brazilian regulator Anatel also has to ensure that the technology does not cause interference to the many satellite TV receive-only earth stations in the country.

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Norway starts national FM radio switch-off today Premium

Jan 11, 2017 by Kane Mumford

DAB supporters say the switch is essential but one poll suggests 66 per cent of Norwegians are against it.

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New intergalactic signals prompt calls for better co-ordination of other services Premium

New intergalactic signals prompt calls for better co-ordination of other services
Jan 10, 2017 by Kane Mumford

After last week’s news that signals from another galaxy had been picked up by a team of radio astronomers, industry groups have said they face a difficult task.

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Slovenia first to plan 5G trials in 3.4-3.8 GHz band Premium

Jan 09, 2017 by Kane Mumford

The spectrum will be offered on a first come, first served basis, according to the country’s regulator, with an auction coming “no later than 2021”.

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