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Italy to announce 2018 auction details today
Oct 16, 2017
by Kane Mumford

PolicyTracker can reveal details of Italy's auction of spectrum in the 700 MHz, 3.6–3.8 GHz and 26.5-27.5 GHz bands, which the government is expected to agree on today. Read more...

Deutsche Telekom not yet clear on cost of 3.4-3.8 GHz 5G networks
Oct 12, 2017
by Kane Mumford

Further trials in the 3.7 GHz band in Germany are on the way, says chief technology and innovation officer Claudia Nemat. Read more...

Will Indian spectrum mega-auction excite cash-strapped operators?
Oct 11, 2017
by Dugie Standeford

The Indian regulator is planning an auction of spectrum in nine bands. Given the mobile industry's current "cash crunch", such an auction isn't likely to spark much interest, one telecoms consultant said. Read more...

EU’s RSPG could recommend new PMSE bands after 2020
Oct 10, 2017
by Kane Mumford

Franz Ziegelwanger of Austrian regulator RTR, who is leading the RSPG’s work on spectrum for programme making and special events (PMSE), told last week's RSPG workshop in Warsaw that the release of the 700 MHz band for mobile use in Europe could necessitate the allocation of a dedicated block of spectrum… Read more...

FCC commissioner suggests defunding ITU
Oct 09, 2017
by Kane Mumford

Top US regulator Michael O'Rielly has said that the US should have a larger role in the leadership of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). Read more...

Operators call for more involvement in RSPG peer reviews
Oct 04, 2017
by Kane Mumford

Senior representatives from Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone called on the European Commission’s radio spectrum advisory body to open up peer reviews, following waning European institutional support for mandatory reviews. Read more...

Polish regulator considers 450 MHz auction amid political controversies
Oct 04, 2017
by Jaroslaw Adamowski

Poland’s regulator UKE is mulling plans to sell spectrum in the 450 MHz band, but critics of the process claim the spectrum has been undervalued. Read more...

European Parliament introduces interim review for 25-year licence terms
Oct 03, 2017
by Kane Mumford

Members of the European Parliament voted yesterday evening on their position on the European Commission's proposed Electronic Communications Code (ECC), adding a surprising compromise. Read more...

Operators commit to 5G trials but cut back on overall equipment expenditure
Oct 02, 2017
by Kane Mumford

New research shows large numbers of 5G trials taking place, with 28 GHz the most popular band. However, overall, operators are spending less on network infrastructure. Read more...

Viewpoint: Is CBRS a help or hindrance in the 5G race?
Sep 29, 2017
by William Webb

Recent articles have suggested concern in the US that CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) is fragmenting the 3.5 GHz band and compromising its ability to provide 5G services. Some feel this will place the US at a disadvantage in the race to deploy 5G. But is this true? Read more...