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Viewpoint: Do we still need spectrum auctions?
Jan 10, 2019
by William Webb

When there is cleared spectrum to award, the default process is now the auction. It has been widely used for some 30 years and is generally agreed to be the least bad way to distribute spectrum when demand exceeds supply. But is this still true?  Read more...

Ofcom sets 900 and 1800 MHz licence fees and consults on 3.4 and 3.6 GHz fees
Jan 09, 2019
by Dugie Standeford

UK regulator Ofcom has set new annual licence fees for 900 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum and is seeking feedback on what fees UK Broadband should pay for its 3.4 GHz and 3.6 GHz spectrum. Read more...

US regulator’s spectrum auction activities mostly continue despite government shutdown
Jan 07, 2019
by Dugie Standeford

With the US government partially shuttered due to a funding dispute, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) suspended most operations on 3 January. Some spectrum auction activities, however, are still running, including work related to the broadcast incentive auction.  Read more...

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...

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