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Arqiva defends its “5G” network Premium

Jul 27, 2017 by Kane Mumford

Speaking ahead of its announcement of a London trial of a superfast fixed wireless access network, Arqiva said “yes, we’re calling it 5G”. The satellite industry is concerned about the use of the band.

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Polish regulator unveils 5G spectrum assignment priorities Premium

Jul 26, 2017 by Jaroslaw Adamowski

Poland’s telecoms regulator UKE is in talks with its counterparts in Russia and Ukraine on releasing spectrum for 5G in the 700 MHz band, but its priority is to allocate the 2.3-2.4 GHz and 3.4-3.8 GHz bands for 5G rollout.

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Book review: "The Political Spectrum" by Thomas W. Hazlett Premium

Jul 24, 2017 by Kane Mumford

US spectrum guru Tom Hazlett, who was the chief economist at US regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the early 1990s, has written a spectrum thriller.

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LSA will evolve into CBRS in Europe, says DSA Premium

Jul 25, 2017 by Kane Mumford

PolicyTracker spoke to the head of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, Kalpak Gude, about the sharing-based approaches to using the 3.4-3.8 GHz band.

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Polish audit office issues critical verdict on government's approach to spectrum management Premium

Jul 19, 2017 by Jaroslaw Adamowski

Poland’s Supreme Audit Office (NIK) has released a report on the results of its probe into the spectrum management activities of the country's Ministry of Digital Affairs, including its controversial agreement with Sferia under which the operator obtained spectrum in the 800 MHz band.

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European Council deals a further blow to the idea of binding EU-wide spectrum award reviews Premium

Jul 18, 2017 by Kane Mumford

PolicyTracker understands that EU telecoms ministers are still largely against the idea of binding spectrum award reviews, but Council working group discussions are now more concerned with delivering a useful review process than protecting subsidiarity.

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UK industry body split over 28 GHz Premium

Jul 13, 2017 by Kane Mumford

The UK Spectrum Policy Forum’s mobile industry members say 5G deployment should be focused on globally harmonised bands but also think mobile services could be deployed at 28, 32 and 40 GHz.

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Inmarsat CEO: spectrum policy integral to future of humanity Premium

Jul 12, 2017 by Kane Mumford

Rupert Pearce, chief executive of Inmarsat, says that 5G will consist of “spectrum coalitions” to deliver heterogeneous networks.

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UK operator declines to rule out legal action over regulator’s 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz auction plan Premium

Jul 11, 2017 by Kane Mumford

UK mobile operator Three told PolicyTracker that it was considering its options with regard to Ofcom’s latest proposals on the upcoming auction of 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz spectrum.

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Romania consults on potential 5G spectrum auction Premium

Jul 06, 2017 by Jaroslaw Adamowski

Romanian regulator ANCOM is considering a “competitive selection procedure” to award spectrum in the 694-790 MHz and 1452-1492 MHz bands.

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Only one operator involved in mobile broadcast talks Premium

Jul 05, 2017 by Kane Mumford

Representatives of the broadcasting industry have challenged political and industry rhetoric that Europe is lagging behind the US in terms of spectrum release.

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Signs of support for 5G in the 28 GHz band in Europe Premium

Jul 04, 2017 by Kane Mumford

German regulator BNetzA has issued a spectrum plan that calls for examination of the frequency range at European level and industry association the GSA says Sweden has voiced support for 28 GHz. Meanwhile UK regulator Ofcom is expected to make a call for input on the 26 GHz band in the coming weeks.

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Latin American countries urged again to free up more spectrum for mobile broadband Premium

Jul 03, 2017 by Dugie Standeford

The ITU has suggested that by 2020, 1960 MHz should be allocated for an optimal performance of 3G and 4G and at least 35 per cent of that should be available for mobile broadband to achieve basic levels of service quality. A report for industry association 5G Americas found that only one Latin American administration has come anywhere near 35 per cent. What's the holdup?

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