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Mexico seeks to define spectrum efficiency metrics
Jan 04, 2019
by Toby Youell

Mexico’s telecoms regulator, the IFT, is seeking comments on a study it has compiled on spectrum efficiency metrics. Read more...

Spectrum mismanagement could hinder 5G investments
Jan 03, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

Europe is currently in a far worse position than other parts of the world such as the US or China, said Nicholas Blades, Telefonica's director of regulation, competition and data policy, at a workshop in Budapest organised by the EU advisory body the Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG).  Read more...

China’s backing of 2.6 GHz for 5G could influence other countries
Jan 02, 2019
by Richard Handford

Unusually, the country’s three operators were all given different bands for 5G by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). Market leader China Mobile might emerge as the main beneficiary, analysts say.  Read more...

Hong Kong completes 900/1800 MHz reassignment with auction
Dec 21, 2018
by Richard Handford

Hong Kong raised a total of HK$6 billion ($750 million) from an auction that reassigned 900 MHz and 1800 MHz frequencies to incumbents, but not everyone was impressed with the outcome.  Read more...

Verizon’s 5G launch: the story so far
Dec 20, 2018
by Manuel R. Marti

Verizon followed through on its promise and launched a 5G home broadband service earlier this year. Although it can claim to be the first one to turn on a 5G commercial network, the mobile operator isn't using 3GPP official standards and its coverage is rather limited.  Read more...

US regulator to hold incentive auction for 37.6–40 GHz alongside 47.2–48.2 GHz in 2019
Dec 19, 2018
by Toby Youell

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has unanimously voted in favour of auctioning the 37.6–40 GHz and 47.2–48.2 GHz bands together by the end of 2019.  Read more...

Australian auction confirms 5G pricing trend but produces a few surprises
Dec 17, 2018
by Richard Handford

The country’s sale of the 3.6 GHz band was in line with recent contests in terms of spectrum valuation, although how the A$853 million ($614 million) total was reached was perhaps unexpected.  Read more...

Peru plans to re-order spectrum with an eye on 5G
Dec 13, 2018
by Manuel R. Marti

Peru’s ministry of transport and communications (MTC) has announced major changes to the country’s spectrum management strategy to help accommodate the arrival of 5G and close the digital divide.  Read more...

UK tribunal rejects ViaSat’s challenge to Inmarsat’s 2 GHz aircraft broadband service
Dec 12, 2018
by Dugie Standeford

The UK's Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) has rejected an appeal by satellite operator ViaSat against a decision by the regulator Ofcom to authorise a rival firm, Inmarsat, to use the 2 GHz band to provide broadband services to air passengers. ViaSat may still press on with similar challenges in other… Read more...

US military funds research into generalizable machine learning algorithms for spectrum management
Dec 10, 2018
by Toby Youell

Machine learning is credited with revolutionizing other sectors, such as voice recognition software, and many hope it can have a similar impact on spectrum management.  Read more...

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