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3GPP works on LTE Broadcast as Australian operator announces trial Premium

Mar 06, 2017 by Kane Mumford

The technology-in-search-of-a-business-model will see key requirements added that could pave the way for wider adoption.

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Arqiva and Samsung to use 28 GHz band for "5G" trial in UK Premium

Mar 02, 2017 by Kane Mumford

The network infrastructure firm and technology giant are teaming up to provide a network that Arqiva believes can be described as 5G. However, some are critical of this use of terminology.

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European Commission vice president stresses need for 5G interoperability Premium

Mar 01, 2017 by Kane Mumford

As a slew of vendors and operators signal their commitment to 5G new radio trials, Andrus Ansip used his address at this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) to reiterate the European Commission’s position on 5G and warn against fragmentation.

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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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