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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.
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.
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.
The US operator's recent trial was with an unspecified business customer on a simulated network.
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.
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.
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.
Myanmar makes new spectrum award Premium
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.
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.
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.
DAB supporters say the switch is essential but one poll suggests 66 per cent of Norwegians are against it.
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.
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”.