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Philippines government opts for beauty contest to license third operator
Jul 20, 2018
by Richard Handford

After a spat between two departments, the Philippines government today decided to license a new entrant via beauty contest as it seeks to boost competition in what is arguably one of the least competitive mobile markets in the world. Read more...

Poland asks for EU help to resolve dispute with Russia over 700 MHz band
Jul 19, 2018
by Jaroslaw Adamowski

Poland’s digital affairs minister Marek Zagórski says Warsaw will seek the European Commission’s support in its ongoing row with Moscow over Russia’s reluctance to release spectrum in the 700 MHz band.  Read more...

French regulator hopes to see 5G deployments by 2020
Jul 18, 2018
by Dugie Standeford

Under the 5G "roadmap" announced on 16 July, France plans to find more spectrum for 5G networks, promote the development of new uses, support the deployment of 5G infrastructure and ensure transparency and dialogue on 5G rollouts. Read more...

Germany proposes regional spectrum licences for industrial use at 3.7-3.8 GHz and 26 GHz
Jul 16, 2018
by Manuel R. Marti

Frank Krüger, head of the digital society and infrastructure directorate at Germany’s federal ministry of transport and digital infrastructure, told this year’s LS telcom "Spectrum Summit" that while the country is planning to issue national licences in the 2 GHz and 3.4–3.7 GHz bands, it will also award regional licences in… Read more...

UK considers CBRS-like model for 3.8-4.2 GHz
Jul 13, 2018
by Manuel R. Marti

The UK is looking to implement a CBRS-like model in the 3.8-4.2 GHz band as part of a plan to facilitate verticals' access to 5G.  Read more...

US regulator rejects broadcasters’ bid to undo IMT identification at 470–608 MHz
Jul 12, 2018
by Toby Youell

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has rejected a proposal from US broadcasters to remove the country from footnotes that were designed to enable global use of the 470–608 MHz band for mobile broadband. Read more...

EU’s Radio Spectrum Committee to vote on 870-876 and 915-921 MHz bands
Jul 11, 2018
by Manuel R. Marti

The future of the 870-876 and 915-921 MHz bands in European Union countries should be laid down at a meeting of the 28-member bloc's Radio Spectrum Committee (RSC) tomorrow. Read more...

African administrations hope for global action on spectrum for HAPs and “unlawful earth stations”
Jul 09, 2018
by Toby Youell

Abdoulkarim Soumaila, secretary general of the African Telecommunications Union (ATU), told PolicyTracker that he hopes the international community will come round to the ATU's way of thinking on two WRC-19 agenda items where other regions are tempted to oppose change. Read more...

5G “traffic steering” could hurt Wi-Fi users, European Commission report says
Jul 06, 2018
by Dugie Standeford

"Wi-Fi is now seen as essential to 5G - to the extent that 5G networks are being designed to control handovers to and from Wi-Fi, and to balance and allocate data traffic between the two network types according to the 5G network operator's criteria," says a recently published study on fixed-mobile… Read more...

South Korea’s 5G auction stands up well to international benchmarks
Jul 04, 2018
by Richard Handford

South Korea may have broken new ground with its auction of 28 GHz for 5G, but the proceeds from the sale of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band probably gave the government greater satisfaction. Read more...

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