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Regulators need to address small cells
Jan 21, 2019
by Dianne Northfield

Small cells are central to many 5G business cases. Regulatory conditions related to small cells will impact operator investment plans, costs and deployment timeframes. Based on an extensive literature review, there is surprisingly limited evidence of national regulations specifically addressing small cells. Read more...

Do sunk costs influence consumer prices?
Jan 15, 2019
by Richard Handford

Over the past 20 years academics and economists have attempted to answer the question: are auction fees passed onto end-users in the form of higher pricing? Read more...

China
Jan 04, 2019
by Jonathan Watson

China's mobile operators continue to be very active in preparing for 5G and hope to launch services by 2020. China continues to promote TDD technologies and is considering allocating 4.5 GHz for 5G Read more...

Brazil
Jan 04, 2019
by Jonathan Watson

Brazil is still planning to award spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band for 5G and to award the 700 MHz spectrum that was left unsold after an auction in 2014. It does not support the use of the 28 GHz band for 5G. Read more...

France
Jan 03, 2019
by Jonathan Watson

France's four main mobile network operators (MNOs) have all started testing 5G in the 3.5 GHz band, and consultations are underway on the 26 GHz band. The government's "new deal" with the MNOs has been hailed as an innovative way to improve 4G coverage. Consolidation remains a strong possibility. Read more...

Japan
Jan 03, 2019
by Jonathan Watson

Japan will be hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020 and the country plans to use the event as a showcase for new technologies such as 5G. Japan is one of the countries interested in using 28 GHz for 5G, even though the band was not selected for further… Read more...

National population density maps
Jan 03, 2019
by Chetan Chauhan-Sims

PolicyTracker's Research Service provides population density data in our database and this is shown in maps for the major economies. The list of maps and their notable features is contained in this Research Note.  Read more...

United States
Jan 03, 2019
by Jonathan Watson

With the 600 MHz incentive auction now complete, US regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is trying to accelerate the development of 5G. Read more...

Sweden: population density map and data
Jan 03, 2019
by Chetan Chauhan-Sims

82% of the Swedish population live in ~13% of the country's land mass; 31% of population live in 'intensively built-up' areas which make up less than 1% of the land mass. The western and northern regions contain areas with very few people (less than 5 people per km2) and make… Read more...

Canada
Jan 03, 2019
by Jonathan Watson

Canada is now preparing to follow the US in auctioning spectrum in the 600 MHz band. Its government is also looking at other bands for 5G and plans to auction spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band next. Read more...