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Poland’s Ministry of Digital Affairs aims to allocate the 694-790 MHz band for IMT before the EU finalises the text of its 700 MHz agreement, but local broadcasting and IT & telecoms industry associations are protesting against the draft regulation that amends the spectrum allocation table.
The UK regulator plans to focus on the 700 MHz, 3.4-3.6 GHz, 3.6-3.8 GHz and 26 GHz bands for the time being as it looks to build consensus on globally harmonised bands.
The Swedish government had halted plans to auction spectrum in the 700 MHz band late last year under pressure from Swedish public safety authorities.
A representative of the Danish National Police says the tender process will start in September.
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.
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.
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.
As bidding in the US spectrum incentive auction winds down, the focus shifts to the nitty-gritty of moving broadcasters out of their spectrum.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.