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PolicyTracker talks to William Webb, chief executive of the Weightless SIG, about his new book, "The 5G Myth". Webb says he is in a position to be objective about where 5G is going, although he suspects some will find his latest work contentious.
A spokesperson for the regulator told PolicyTracker that it has not yet decided where to accommodate the 20 or so programme making and special events (PMSE) organisations currently licensed to use the band.
€500m European connectivity private equity fund could cost as much as €10m a year in management fees Premium
Luxembourg-based Cube Infrastructure Managers could receive €100m from the European Investment Bank for helping to invest in connectivity projects across the EU.
The story of 2016 in 5G quotes Premium
PolicyTracker has put together a selection of the best 5G comments we heard last year. You'll find no references to the fourth industrial revolution, game-changing innovation or the ever-rocketing data demands of the mobile industry. However, we hope it provides a snapshot of policymakers' and industry views as they evolved through the year.
Romania’s telecoms regulator has released its action plan for 2017 which states that it will launch consultations on awarding spectrum for broadband services in the 450 MHz, 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 1500 MHz, 2600 MHz and 3.4–3.8 GHz bands.
The European Commission had proposed making BEREC an EU institution, but the body has responded by saying this could create more cost and bureaucracy while also possibly restricting the independence of national regulators.
In an apparent change of strategy for Dutch spectrum auctions, the Minister for Economic Affairs Henk Kamp has proposed attaching coverage obligations to licences assigned in the country's 700 MHz auction.
In theory transmitting digital video over a mobile network is easy, but reaching the point where the average consumer can easily and cheaply watch TV over a mobile network is by no means simple, as Roland Beutler shows in his new book, The Evolution of Broadcast Content Distribution.
New Zealand's spectrum regulator says it is monitoring international developments in sharing approaches, but thinks enough spectrum is available in the country for the time being.
Orange's senior executive VP for innovation, marketing and technologies says the industry needs to offer "emblematic" services if it is to convince customers that 5G is worth buying. Meanwhile, the head of the Commission’s connectivity unit has revealed details of CEPT’s study schedule for 3.5 GHz.
The UK's National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has proposed targets for improved connectivity in its report on 5G deployment. The report also offers practical recommendations on LTE and LTE-Advanced connectivity on roads and rail networks, as well as city centres.
As the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) prepares to launch the next phase in the reverse auction of US TV spectrum in the 600 MHz band, broadcasters said the failure of round 3's forward auction to come anywhere near the target of $42 billion has left it sceptical of wireless sector claims of spectrum shortfalls.
PolicyTracker is aware of five cities planning to launch 5G services by 2020, but details on use cases and budget are scarce.