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Indian court finds no 2G licence “scam” but case isn’t over yet
Jan 23, 2018
by Dugie Standeford

A 21 December ruling by a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court acquitted all defendants of allegations that the Indian telecoms ministry undersold 2G spectrum and took bribes in 2008. The allegations led to the cancellation of 122 licences by India's Supreme Court in 2012. The CBI said it… Read more...

Longer spectrum licences don’t necessarily drive operator investment, study finds
Jan 19, 2018
by Dugie Standeford

Regulators seeking to balance flexibility in telecoms licensing with some degree of certainty for investors about spectrum tenure are considering the issue of licence duration, Ovum analysts say. All things being equal, a longer licence does offer more certainty but it's by no means the only factor in minimising investment… Read more...

UK regulator pushes ahead with 2.3 GHz and 3.5 GHz auction plans
Jan 18, 2018
by Kane Mumford

Three still has a case in the UK’s Court of Appeal but Ofcom wants to get the ball rolling anyway. Read more...

GE backs localized area licensing at 3550–3700 MHz in US for industrial IoT
Jan 17, 2018
by Toby Youell

US industrial conglomerate General Electric has urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to stick to its plan of authorising the use of the 3550–3700 MHz band by census tract, rather than partial economic areas (PEAs) as proposed by mobile operators. Read more...

Ukraine to compensate operators if they lose spectrum in 1800 MHz auction
Jan 16, 2018
by Jaroslaw Adamowski

Ukraine’s telecoms regulator NKRZI is planning to auction spectrum in the 1800 MHz band, including the blocks currently licensed to established operators Kyivstar, Vodafone and Lifecell. Read more...

3GPP Release 15 puts more sub-6 GHz spectrum on the table for 5G
Jan 15, 2018
by Kane Mumford

The 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz and 2600 MHz bands are under revision in CEPT for use with 5G New Radio (5G NR). Commercial deployment is on the way, say vendors. Read more...

Dynamic Spectrum Alliance updates model rules for TVWS devices – but will they matter?
Jan 12, 2018
by Dugie Standeford

Revamped Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (DSA) model rules for TV white space (TVWS) technology seek to encourage the rollout of TVWS networks in order to close the digital divide and enable the Internet of Things (IoT). But while the DSA claims the use of TVWS is on the rise, one regulator… Read more...

UK regulator eyes spectrum sharing in 3.8-4.2 GHz band
Jan 11, 2018
by Kane Mumford

Plans are in their early stages but Ofcom is looking at the possibility of granting industrial and commercial users direct access to spectrum in the satellite band. The regulator is also due to announce its plans for coverage obligations in its auction of 700 MHz spectrum in the coming months. Read more...

Singapore sees the IoT as a key part of its “digital transformation”
Jan 10, 2018
by Cyrus Yau

The huge potential benefits and rapid development of the Internet of Things (IoT) have encouraged regulators in various countries to formulate relevant policy roadmaps and regulation. Read more...

New US coalition pushes for more TVWS spectrum for rural broadband
Jan 08, 2018
by Dugie Standeford

Connect Americans Now (CAN) wants to bring affordable, reliable broadband to over 20 million people in rural areas using TV white space (TVWS) technology. Could the initiative help drive greater use of TVWS spectrum? Read more...