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Webb hopes 5G book can help provoke mid-course correction Premium

Jan 05, 2017 by Kane Mumford

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.

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PMSE faces uncertain future in Sweden after 2.3 GHz auction Premium

Jan 04, 2017 by Kane Mumford

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.

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€500m European connectivity private equity fund could cost as much as €10m a year in management fees Premium

Jan 03, 2017 by Kane Mumford

Luxembourg-based Cube Infrastructure Managers could receive €100m from the European Investment Bank for helping to invest in connectivity projects across the EU.

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The story of 2016 in 5G quotes Premium

Jan 06, 2017 by Kane Mumford

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.

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Romania to consult on spectrum assignments in six bands Premium

Dec 22, 2016 by Jaroslaw Adamowski

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.

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BEREC rejects idea of becoming an EU institution Premium

Dec 21, 2016 by Kane Mumford

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.

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Dutch plan for 700 MHz auction reflects shifting priorities Premium

Dec 20, 2016 by Kane Mumford

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.

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Book review: "The Evolution of Broadcast Content Distribution" by Roland Beutler Premium

Dec 19, 2016 by Martin Sims

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.

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NZ doesn't need spectrum sharing to relieve shortages yet Premium

Dec 16, 2016 by Dugie Standeford

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.

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There's no clear commercial message for 5G yet, says Orange Premium

Dec 15, 2016 by Kane Mumford

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.

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UK infrastructure body asks Ofcom to consider regional licences above 24 GHz Premium

Dec 14, 2016 by Kane Mumford

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.

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Incentive auction moves to round 4 but are operators interested? Premium

Dec 13, 2016 by Dugie Standeford

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.

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Five European capitals plan to become "5G cities" Premium

Dec 12, 2016 by Kane Mumford

PolicyTracker is aware of five cities planning to launch 5G services by 2020, but details on use cases and budget are scarce.

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