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US T-band licensees hope for auction flop
Mar 15, 2019
by Toby Youell

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is unable, and Congress is unwilling, to save a misguided policy from itself, according to experts on the issue, but public safety licensees do not see it as their problem. Read more...

A hostile environment awaits verticals looking to acquire spectrum
Mar 14, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

Mobile operators insisted at this year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) that vertical players would be responsible for driving 5G forward, yet they have warned regulators against reserving spectrum for specific services.  Read more...

Could a centralised US agency manage and release government spectrum?
Mar 13, 2019
by Dugie Standeford

Creating a central US government agency to hold and lease spectrum for federal users could free up frequencies for 5G, according to two influential economists. Read more...

Three Hong Kong to pass on mmWave spectrum – for now
Mar 11, 2019
by Richard Handford

One of the territory’s incumbent operators has passed up the chance to bid for spectrum in the 26 GHz and 28 GHz bands - a situation that may also arise in other countries in the early stages of 5G. Read more...

Austria’s 3.5 GHz auction raises €188 million
Mar 08, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

Austria has sold 3.4-3.8 GHz spectrum to three national mobile operators and four regional players, generating a total of €188 million.  Read more...

Greek regulator outlines 5G spectrum distribution plans
Mar 07, 2019
by Jaroslaw Adamowski

Greek regulator EETT has revealed which spectrum bands are to be assigned for 5G in the country, along with its spectrum distribution plans for 2019 and subsequent years.  Read more...

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...

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