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AT&T buys all Straight Path’s shares at 162% premium Premium

AT&T buys all Straight Path’s shares at 162% premium
Apr 11, 2017 by Kane Mumford

The US telco has agreed to acquire the New York-listed mmWave spectrum bank in an all-share deal for $1.25 billion, a 162.1 per cent premium to the company’s total market value prior to the deal.

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Italy open to changing 5G auction plan Premium

Apr 10, 2017 by Kane Mumford

An auction of 2 x 50 MHz in the 3.6-3.7 GHz band had been planned but officials are now considering a much wider release of spectrum next year. According to Qualcomm’s director of government affairs Luigi Ardito, trials could begin as early as August.

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Czech regulator launches SMRA auction for 3.6-3.8 GHz spectrum Premium

Apr 07, 2017 by Jaroslaw Adamowski

The Czech Telecommunication Office (CTU) has launched its long-awaited auction of spectrum in the 3.6-3.8 GHz band. The band is one of those being considered in many countries for 5G use.

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US "spectrum pipeline" needed to fuel future wireless services Premium

Apr 06, 2017 by Dugie Standeford

Several connectivity bills introduced in earlier congressional hearings are back in play as the US House of Representatives calls for more licensed, unlicensed, shared and government spectrum for the "21st Century wireless economy".

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Technical solutions alone will not solve spectrum shortage, says PMSE industry association Premium

Apr 05, 2017 by Kane Mumford

The Association of Professional Wireless Production Technology (APWPT) has welcomed the Radio Spectrum Policy Group’s (RSPG) decision to look into the PMSE industry’s spectrum needs but warned that technical solutions cannot be relied upon to solve pressing spectrum needs.

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Head of European Commission’s spectrum unit asks RSPG for clarity on regulatory flexibility Premium

Apr 03, 2017 by Kane Mumford

Vodafone and others also had a variety of questions for regulators at the Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) stakeholder meeting held in Paris last week.

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Commission study suggests consumer benefits for investment-friendly spectrum policy Premium

Commission study suggests consumer benefits for investment-friendly spectrum policy
Mar 31, 2017 by Kane Mumford

Countries with low spectrum auction prices, long licence lengths and less onerous coverage obligations tend to have better network coverage, a wider choice of services, better take-up and healthy competition, according to new research.

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"We've heard your requirements, and they never end" Premium

Mar 29, 2017 by Kane Mumford

Kalpak Gude, formerly of satellite firm Intelsat and US regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and now head of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA), talks to PolicyTracker about the C-band, spectrum sharing and mobile industry association the GSMA.

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Could blockchain technology offer a new spectrum management option? Premium

Mar 29, 2017 by Dugie Standeford

The use of blockchains, a form of dynamic distributed database, to manage spectrum is just an idea at the moment, but some experts in emerging technologies say it's one worth exploring.

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RSPG opposes mandatory peer reviews of European licence awards Premium

Mar 23, 2017 by Kane Mumford

The measure suggested by the European Commission in its review of the EU telecommunications regulatory framework could increase legal uncertainty and bureaucracy and would not effectively achieve the intended benefits, said the group.

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European Parliament approves 700 MHz proposal Premium

Mar 22, 2017 by Kane Mumford

With the European Council and European Commission agreeing to a revised proposal in December, the Parliament’s assent means the process is now complete.

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BT/EE questions demand for "consistently high data speeds" Premium

Mar 21, 2017 by Kane Mumford

In its response to the UK regulator’s consultation on the auction of 3.5 GHz and 2.3 GHz spectrum, BT/EE said operators were not facing a capacity strain.

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Italy plans five 5G city trials in 3.4-3.8 GHz band by 2020 Premium

Mar 21, 2017 by Kane Mumford

Italy's Ministry for Economic Development (MISE) picked cities that are located in a variety of geographical areas and can offer access to 3.7-3.8 GHz spectrum. Telecom Italia has also announced plans to hold a 5G trial in Turin.

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