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Ofcom leaves DTT interference mitigation to UK government Premium

May 10, 2017 by Kane Mumford

The UK regulator has published a technical analysis of the interference risks to digital terrestrial television (DTT) services following their 2020 move out of the 700 MHz band and into the 470-694 MHz band.

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T-Mobile raises 3.5 GHz global fragmentation concerns Premium

May 09, 2017 by Kane Mumford

The US Citizen Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) plan will not drive investment, according to T-Mobile. Nevertheless, CBRS advocates told PolicyTracker, the UK regulator Ofcom is interested in taking a similar approach.

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GSMA not in favour of “complete harmonisation” of spectrum policy in Europe Premium

May 08, 2017 by Kane Mumford

The association issued a joint statement with ETNO (European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association) which claimed legislators were abandoning the 5G vision as they review the European Commission’s proposals on a new Electronic Communications Code (ECC).

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Wi-Fi facing imminent spectrum crunch, claims industry group Premium

May 04, 2017 by Kane Mumford

Research carried out for the Wi-Fi Alliance claims that increasing numbers of devices and growing demand means that more spectrum will be needed for Wi-Fi by 2025.

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Spectrum emerges as new battleground in long-running fight over powers of EU bodies Premium

May 03, 2017 by Kane Mumford

PolicyTracker attended the hearing of the European Commission's case against the Council of the European Union - held at the European Court of Justice - which concerns the extent to which the Commission can determine the EU's position ahead of World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRCs).

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Vodafone wants Australian government to review 3.4 GHz band Premium

May 02, 2017 by Kane Mumford

Vodafone Australia has called for the country’s National Broadband Network (NBN Co) to work with the mobile sector and share the 3.4 GHz spectrum that is critical to the rollout of 5G. However, the operator did not show any interest in the band when it was assigned in 2011.

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Should WRC-19 specify spectrum for connected cars? Premium

Apr 27, 2017 by Dugie Standeford

The 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19) will consider possible global or regional harmonised spectrum for intelligent transport systems (ITS). But it appears there may be a split between the EU, which wants harmonised spectrum, and the US, which doesn't seem to, as well as on which technology is best. Meanwhile, the business case for connected cars remains shaky.

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UK LTE PPDR project “marred from day one” Premium

Apr 25, 2017 by Kane Mumford

As another damning report from the influential UK Public Accounts Committee (PAC) into the progress of the project is released, we reveal some of the concerns we have heard from sources close to the project.

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5G spectrum assignments should "motivate industry investment," not just raise revenue Premium

Apr 27, 2017 by Dugie Standeford

Future awards for 5G spectrum should prioritise mobile operators' investment plans rather than maximise fees, according to Professors Gerard Pogorel and Erik Bohlin. But will governments agree?

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Is Italy's request for interference talks just stalling for time? Premium

Apr 20, 2017 by Kane Mumford

A letter seen by PolicyTracker from Italy's communications minister Antonello Giacomelli asks for a review of FM radio spectrum coordination between Italy and its neighbours. A source from the Slovenian regulator said the request is just an attempt to prolong the situation.

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US incentive auction produces big winners and big questions Premium

US incentive auction produces big winners and big questions
Apr 19, 2017 by Dugie Standeford

As the US regulator unveils the results of the 600 MHz auction, it remains to be seen what one of the big winners, Dish, will do with its large spectrum holding, and how well TV channels will fare in the repacking process.

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Spectrum for 5G, ITS and Wi-Fi likely to spark debate at WRC-19 Premium

Apr 18, 2017 by Dugie Standeford

While it's still early in the process, the EU and US are beginning to firm up their positions on the agenda items for the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19). Expect "tussles" over the need for additional spectrum for 5G, Wi-Fi and intelligent transport systems (ITS) as well as an increased focus on satellite services, says industry association techUK.

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Six EU countries yet to supply date for 700 MHz transition Premium

Six EU countries yet to supply date for 700 MHz transition
Apr 12, 2017 by Kane Mumford

Despite a new legally-binding framework some member states were unable to tell the Radio Spectrum Policy Group when 700 MHz would be made available for mobile. One of the six, Spain, is expected to complete the process by 2022.

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