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FCC under Trump may strengthen focus on licensed spectrum Premium

Dec 09, 2016 by Dugie Standeford

While it's too early to say what impact Donald Trump's presidency will have on US spectrum policies, there are indications that it might favour licensed over unlicensed spectrum.

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Book review: "Radio Spectrum Management - Policies, Regulations and Techniques" by Haim Mazar Premium

Dec 08, 2016 by Kane Mumford

In the second in our series of spectrum book reviews, PolicyTracker takes a look at Haim Mazar's recent work on spectrum engineering and legal and economic policy.

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Mobile industry concerned about C-band fragmentation Premium

Dec 12, 2016 by Kane Mumford

PolicyTracker understands that mobile industry association the GSMA is reacting to UK regulator Ofcom’s proposal to auction the C-band in stages by asking it to build in clauses that will avoid operators holding too much or too little spectrum.

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Italian 700 MHz switch-off leaves interference in unused neighbour state TV broadcasting channels Premium

Dec 06, 2016 by Kane Mumford

Slovenian and Croatian TV broadcasting frequencies in the lower UHF band not currently in use are still occupied by Italian services, while FM radio continues to cause disruption.

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Book review: "5G Spectrum and Standards" by Geoff Varrall Premium

Dec 02, 2016 by Kane Mumford

Varrall says 5G can be a success, but only if it is developed faster and more cheaply than competing options.

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Polish regulator extends 2.6 GHz licence under free Internet access deal Premium

Dec 22, 2016 by Jaroslaw Adamowski

Poland’s Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) has decided to extend the 2.6 GHz licence of local telecom Aero2 under a free Internet access (FIA) agreement.

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Report author Lord Harris doubts LTE PPDR can work on London Underground Premium

Dec 01, 2016 by Kane Mumford

Lord Toby Harris, who recently led a review of London’s preparedness for a terrorist attack, told PolicyTracker that every single person who currently works for the emergency services expressed scepticism about whether LTE PPDR on the London Underground would work.

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Three wants public to lobby UK regulator over spectrum Premium

Three wants public to lobby UK regulator over spectrum
Dec 01, 2016 by Kane Mumford

The UK mobile operator has released a video that encourages people to urge Ofcom CEO Sharon White to take action on uneven spectrum distribution.

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C-band faces 5G fragmentation issues in Europe, say vendors Premium

Nov 28, 2016 by Kane Mumford

Senior figures at Qualcomm and Huawei have told a conference in London that making spectrum available to allow coexistence trials is one of the most important challenges facing 5G deployment. Meanwhile, Ofcom’s proposal on the UK’s C-band auction could raise 5G competition issues in the UK.

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UK regulator will push for "targeted" coverage obligations for 700 MHz licences Premium

Nov 25, 2016 by Kane Mumford

EE’s head of regulatory policy called on Ofcom to work with the mobile industry ahead of the 700 MHz auction to agree on any coverage obligations imposed on the winning bidders.

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Italian broadcasters will play for time on 700 MHz clearance Premium

Nov 23, 2016 by Kane Mumford

A source close to Mediaset and Rai said the broadcasters would follow a 3D strategy: delay, delay, delay.

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UK regulator declines to rule out BT/EE participation in 700 MHz auction Premium

Nov 22, 2016 by Kane Mumford

Ofcom has proposed that the operator be left out of the upcoming 2.3 GHz auction but O2 and Three have said this is not enough to promote effective competition.

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Commission v Council WRC-15 case to be heard early next year Premium

Nov 21, 2016 by Kane Mumford

An exact date has not been set but PolicyTracker understands the written stage of proceedings is now closed and a reporting judge has been selected.

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