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Denmark to seek new PPDR communications provider Premium

Feb 08, 2017 by Kane Mumford

A representative of the Danish National Police says the tender process will start in September.

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5G has the potential to harm radio astronomy services Premium

Feb 08, 2017 by Kane Mumford

Following the detection of radio signals from a distant galaxy last month, PolicyTracker spoke in more depth to Benjamin Winkel, the man responsible for spectrum management at the Effelsberg radio telescope, about the issues facing radio astronomy.

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Dutch issue plan for 700 MHz, 1.4 GHz and 2.1 GHz auction Premium

Feb 07, 2017 by Kane Mumford

The country’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MEA) has outlined its plan to apply spectrum caps and coverage obligations in the upcoming 700 MHz, 1.4 GHz and 2.1 GHz auction.

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mmWave deals in US give indication of spectrum value Premium

Feb 06, 2017 by Kane Mumford

US operators Verizon and AT&T are both set to conclude deals to acquire spectrum above 24 GHz by the end of the year from other companies, while a financial firm has doubts about spectrum bank Straight Path’s ability to sell its holdings for a high price.

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FCC details broadcaster transition plans as spectrum incentive auction nears end Premium

Feb 02, 2017 by Dugie Standeford

As bidding in the US spectrum incentive auction winds down, the focus shifts to the nitty-gritty of moving broadcasters out of their spectrum.

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"Downlink-only" access below 700 MHz dropped from Brussels proposal on UHF Premium

Feb 01, 2017 by Kane Mumford

The European Parliament's Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) has approved the axing of a "downlink-only" (SDL) clause in the proposed EU decision on the UHF band. In the US, the band plan for 600 MHz after the incentive auction also makes the introduction of SDL unlikely in that band.

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Ubiquitous connectivity is unlikely without collaboration Premium

Jan 31, 2017 by Kane Mumford

The UK’s National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) is considering less than full connectivity on roads, raising questions about the more ambitious elements of the 5G vision.

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New FCC chair likely to focus on spectrum for mobile and 5G Premium

Jan 30, 2017 by Dugie Standeford

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.

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UK parliamentary committee demands action over ESN Premium

Jan 26, 2017 by Kane Mumford

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.

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BT wants post-Brexit clarity from UK government Premium

Jan 25, 2017 by Kane Mumford

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.

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AT&T’s “real-world” 5G trial based on dedicated backhaul Premium

Jan 24, 2017 by Kane Mumford

The US operator's recent trial was with an unspecified business customer on a simulated network.

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Everything in 3GPP Release 15 to be called “5G” Premium

Jan 23, 2017 by Kane Mumford

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.

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Norway more focused on uses for vacant spectrum than on 5G Premium

Jan 19, 2017 by Kane Mumford

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.

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