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China to make TV broadcaster a fourth player in mobile market
Jun 17, 2019
by Richard Handford

China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has awarded commercial 5G licences to the country’s three mobile operators and has interesting plans for the state broadcaster, particularly in regard to spectrum.  Read more...

German 5G auction ends with bids of €6.5 billion
Jun 14, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

In relative terms the prices are much less than in Italy but one operator labelled the German 5G auction a "disaster" and legal action is ongoing over controversial coverage obligations. Read more...

Debate over access to street furniture for 5G hots up
Jun 13, 2019
by Dugie Standeford

A debate is now underway in the UK and elsewhere over whether mobile network operators should be given access to street furniture such as lampposts for 4G and 5G rollout.  Read more...

Mobile operators spend $85 million in Norway’s latest spectrum sale
Jun 12, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

Norway’s regulator Nkom has sold licences to use spectrum in the 700 MHz and 2.1 GHz bands for almost $85 million.  Read more...

US Department of Transportation to fight for 5.9 GHz band
Jun 10, 2019
by Toby Youell

Derek Kan, under-secretary of transportation for policy at the US Department of Transportation (DOT), has expressed firm opposition to initiatives to segment or share the 5850–5925 MHz band. Read more...

Reports recommend the way forward for US 5G spectrum policy
Jun 07, 2019
by Dugie Standeford

The US should prioritise three federal research and development areas to ensure there's enough spectrum to allow the country to lead in 5G and should make spectrum available for emerging technologies, according to two reports from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Read more...

Germany’s regulator moves to accelerate 5G auction
Jun 06, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

Germany’s regulator BNetzA made the bold choice yesterday to increase minimum bids in an attempt to bring the country's 5G auction to a conclusion.  Read more...

Thailand attempts to drum up interest for 5G contest
Jun 05, 2019
by Richard Handford

Thailand’s regulator is attempting to persuade the country’s operators to bid in a forthcoming auction of 700 MHz spectrum by offering to ease the repayment burden from past contests, including a controversial one in 2015.  Read more...

ECC decisions spark more interest in 400 MHz band
Jun 03, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

Demand for 400 MHz spectrum has significantly increased in the last 12 months following a couple of decisions made by Europe's Electronic Communications Committee (ECC).  Read more...

Spectrum takes centre stage in Vodafone’s Australian legal challenge
May 31, 2019
by Richard Handford

Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) needs more spectrum to compete effectively with larger rivals Telstra and Optus, according to a document the company filed this week with the Federal Court of Australia.  Read more...

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