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Australia
Aug 15, 2019
by Richard Handford

Australia historically has adopted an evidence-based approach to spectrum policy with an underlying belief that market-based competition between participants will produce the most favourable outcome, aided by a minimal intervention from regulators. Read more...

Prospects for shared use of 5.9 GHz
Jul 17, 2019
by Dianne Northfield

5.9 GHz is used for Intelligent Transport System communications (ITS) in a number of nations. Regulators are considering whether the band can be shared between ITS and unlicensed wireless services and between competing ITS technologies that are not interoperable. Safety-critical ITS use of 5.9 GHz will demand robust and proven… Read more...

Unlicensed 6 GHz opportunities in Europe
Jul 04, 2019
by Dianne Northfield

Numerous regulatory, technical and standards activities are focused on unlicensed use of 6 GHz spectrum. Wi-Fi and cellular operators are interested in exploiting opportunities in the band. In Europe, the focus is on 6 GHz sharing studies, coexistence conditions and preliminary standards development. Policy planners will also look to developments… Read more...

Unlicensed 6 GHz opportunities in the US
Jun 26, 2019
by Dianne Northfield

Numerous regulatory, technical and standards activities are focused on unlicensed use of 6 GHz spectrum. Wi-Fi and cellular operators are interested in exploiting opportunities in the band. Key sticking points in debates around the future use of 6 GHz are: the robustness of interference studies offered by opposing stakeholders and… Read more...

WRC-19 Briefing 1: Overview
Jun 20, 2019
by Toby Youell

This Autumn’s World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) gives the global community the opportunity to amend the Radio Regulations, the treaty that governs the international use of radio spectrum. In a series of research notes, published at a crucial point in the WRC “cycle”, we set out what is at stake at WRC-19,… Read more...

WRC-19 Briefing 2: Terrestrial services
Jun 19, 2019
by Toby Youell

This note looks at the agenda items studied under chapters 1 and 2 of the CPM Report, concerning land mobile and fixed services, as well broadband services operating under the mobile service. This note does not consider WRC-19’s blockbuster agenda item on mmWave 5G (AI 1.13); this is considered in… Read more...

WRC-19 Briefing 3: mmWave 5G
Jun 18, 2019
by Toby Youell

Agenda item 1.13 is the most high profile of all agenda items at WRC-19. It concerns identifying spectrum for IMT, ITU-R jargon for 5G, in frequencies above 24.25 GHz. Read more...

WRC-19 Briefing 4: Satellite services
Jun 17, 2019
by Toby Youell

The satellite industry relies on the ITU for access to spectrum in space and is always closely involved with the WRC process. In general, at WRC-19 the industry is seeking more extensive access to its existing frequencies by removing some of the restrictions on how the spectrum is used. Read more...

WRC-19 Briefing 5: Scientific, maritime, aeronautical, and amateur issues
Jun 16, 2019
by Toby Youell

This note looks at the agenda items falling under Chapters 4 and 5 of the CPM Report, which relate to scientific, maritime, aeronautical, and amateur services. Although many of these items may appear esoteric, they bring plenty of tricky problems that could disrupt general consensus-building at Sharm-El-Sheikh. Read more...

WRC-19 Briefing 6: General Issues
Jun 15, 2019
by Toby Youell

The most high-profile agenda item under the final chapter of the CPM Report is AI 10, the agenda for future conferences. This chapter also considers several procedural and politically-sensitive issues. Read more...