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US urged to lift ban on commercial sharing in high-band spectrum
Mar 06, 2019
by Dugie Standeford

While WRC-19 looks to identify potential spectrum for shared land mobile and fixed services in the 275-450 GHz range, the mmWave industry has criticised US spectrum administrators for failing to give shared access to bands above 95 GHz for commercial use. Read more...

New Zealand to auction 3.5 GHz band for 5G early in 2020; spectrum available late 2022
Mar 04, 2019
by Richard Handford

New Zealand's government has revealed how it will assign spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band. It has decided not to use a previously considered option of sharing auction proceeds with the band’s occupants, citing “practical difficulties”.  Read more...

Mixed feelings as delegates complete CPM report
Mar 01, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

Mario Maniewicz, director of the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau, believes the final Conference Preparatory Meeting (CPM) represents a “major step” in the preparations for the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19).  Read more...

Why sports events are driving 5G deployments
Feb 28, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

Major sporting events are seen as the ideal scenario for early 5G network deployments, but high expectations and a lack of mass markets mean this kind of rollout often fails to live up to the hype. Read more...

5G handsets are here but are the networks ready?
Feb 27, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

The first 5G phones are expected to hit the market this year, but the networks still have a long way to go.  Read more...

South African minister says 4G spectrum to be assigned soon
Feb 25, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

South Africa’s new finance minister Tito Mboweni appears to be serious about holding a 4G auction within a few months.  Read more...

The world’s first 6G summit
Feb 21, 2019
by Dugie Standeford

Despite the uncertainty over 5G, plans are already afoot for 6G, with some additional frequencies probably required. Some say 6G will be the technology that delivers 5G. Read more...

Multiple legal battles sow uncertainty for Chilean spectrum policy
Feb 20, 2019
by Toby Youell

Telcos may or may not face mandatory reorganisation of spectrum while regulator’s ambition for 5G in C-Band remains mired in litigation. Read more...

Pakistan forms spectrum committee to address growing concerns
Feb 19, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

Pakistan’s recently-elected government has created a special committee to deal with the upcoming renewal of the country's mobile operators licences, as well as the award of new 4G frequencies. Read more...

Anticipation builds as regional groups meet at CPM
Feb 18, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

Administrations from around the world are this fortnight meeting in Geneva for the second and final session of the Conference Preparatory Meeting (CPM), in an effort to finalise their positions ahead of WRC-19. Read more...

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