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With 600 MHz auction, Canada tries again to boost competition
Apr 20, 2018
by Dugie Standeford

Canadian plans for auctioning 600 MHz spectrum call for a significant set-aside to encourage greater competition. But set-asides have been tried in the past and have so far failed to expand the country's highly concentrated mobile market, one consultant says. Read more...

Cuba initiates cooperation with Region 2 neighbours in preparation for WRC-19
Apr 18, 2018
by Toby Youell

Cuba is signalling its willingness to cooperate more actively with its neighbours in preparations for WRC-19. Read more...

New Zealand faces dilemma in freeing up 3.5 GHz band for 5G
Apr 17, 2018
by Richard Handford

New Zealand’s government wants the occupants of 3.5 GHz to vacate the band and is considering sharing auction proceeds with them as compensation. Read more...

Poland’s regulator to launch 450 MHz tender
Apr 17, 2018
by Jaroslaw Adamowski

The Polish parliament will soon amend the country’s telecoms law. The draft amendments include several relating to Poland’s spectrum policy and the activities of the country’s regulator, the Office of Electronic Communications (UKE), including its forthcoming 450 MHz tender. Read more...

Norway shifts to DAB radio but UK timetable remains unclear
Apr 16, 2018
by Dugie Standeford

Norway has successfully completed its move to digital audio broadcasting (DAB) in terms of switching off its FM stations, although old radio listening habits die hard, Digital Radio Norway says. It's not yet clear if, or when, the UK will follow suit. Read more...

Orange spectrum chief issues warning as final UK auction results confirmed
Apr 13, 2018
by Manuel Marti

UK regulator Ofcom published the final results of its 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz auction today, but questions remain about the impact it will have on the country's mobile industry. Read more...

Dish bids to preserve $3bn discount for AWS-3 spectrum
Apr 11, 2018
by Toby Youell

Dish Network has filed documents with the US financial regulator concerning its relationship with two other companies that may save the $3.3 billion discount it secured for AWS-3 spectrum in 2015. Read more...

New UK emergency services network towers to be opened for commercial use
Apr 10, 2018
by Manuel Marti

UK regulator Ofcom is hoping to expand rural mobile coverage by factoring in commercial operators' ability to site their equipment on towers being built for the country's Emergency Services Network (ESN). Read more...

Opinion: Is harmful interference going down?
Apr 09, 2018
by Pierre de Vries

Spectrum analysts (including me) often proclaim that harmful interference is a growing problem, or at the very least a growing risk. That sounds obvious, given the growing profusion of radios, packed more and more densely together in frequency and space. But could the opposite be true? Read more...

UK auction: operators push up 3.5 GHz and 2.3 GHz benchmark
Apr 06, 2018
by Mark Ballard

Ireland's 3.5 GHz auction last year demonstrated mobile operators' interest in this potential 5G band and this has been confirmed by the UK's auction results, where the price for a single block rose from £1 million to £38 million. The same auction also sold all the available  2.3 GHz lots… Read more...