Large portion of recent assignments come from a surprising source
Oct 30, 2019
by Toby Youell

It's not spectrum auctions that have produced most of the updates in this quarter's PolicyTracker Spectrum Database (PSD). The last quarter of 2019 saw 817.4 MHz of new or changed assignments, but roughly only a quarter (220 MHz) of these came from new awards. Although regulators around the world are… Read more...

Eight countries make 5G spectrum available in Q2
Aug 02, 2019
by Toby Youell

The latest update of the PolicyTracker Spectrum Database shows 5G assignments picking up in both mmWave and mid-band frequencies. Despite attention on the German C-band auction, the quarter's most expensive spectrum was acquired elsewhere. Read more...

PolicyTracker Spectrum Database: population density tabs
Oct 26, 2018
by Chetan Chauhan-Sims

The PolicyTracker Spectrum Database now includes figures on population density, both in overall national terms and in categories which correspond to settlement patterns such as rural, urban or dense urban. This article explains where the data comes from and how it has been calculated. Read more...

An overview of spectrum database features
Aug 07, 2018
by Martin Sims

About the tabs; manipulating the data and using the filter function. Read more...

5G and mmWave bands in the PolicyTracker Spectrum Database
Aug 03, 2018
by PolicyTracker

The database has been updated to reflect the ownership of licences in potential 5G bands. Some existing licences can be used for 5G and some cannot, depending whether the service is fixed or mobile. A further complication is that in some cases a minor regulatory change would allow 5G deployment.… Read more...

My password email hasn’t turned up!
Feb 23, 2017
by Martin Sims

First please check your spam filter to see if the password email is thereIf not please check the email to which the database was attached Was it sent to the email that you normally send from?e.g. you may get emails for david@????.com and david.smith@????.com but if you send from "david"… Read more...

Do I need to enter my ID and password each time I use the database?
Feb 23, 2017
by Martin Sims

Please re-save the database from the original email into your chosen location and go through the password request procedure again. Once you have access click "save" as an added precaution then close the database. Reopen the database by double-clicking on the file in its chosen location and it should open… Read more...

Using the MHz per pop sheets
Feb 23, 2017
by Martin Sims

The MHz per pop data is contained in this sheet: MHz PER POP  Historic exchange rates or current exchange rates? The MHz per pop sheets show both  a historic figure using the dollar exchange rates at the time and a current figure, using  this year's exchange rates. Depending on the… Read more...

I get “please enable macros” message
Feb 23, 2017
by Martin Sims

Some people try to open the PolicyTracker Spectrum Database (PSD) but instead of going to the procedure which allows them to enter a password they get a "please enable macros" message and no access to the data! The usual reason for this relates to the security settings on your copy… Read more...

The Spectrum Database: system requirements
May 28, 2012
by Martin Sims

This database will work in Excel on a Windows PC. The database is as a .xls file. This can be opened in Microsoft Office 2003 and later. Read more...