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UK emergency services will “very quickly” use EE’s network
Sep 17, 2018
by Manuel R. Marti

A group of experts discussed the future of the UK’s emergency services network (ESN) at a recent conference and concluded that shifting to a commercial LTE network is essential to keep up with internet-based resources and coordinate efforts among emergency personnel. Read more...

Thailand conjures up another unhappy spectrum auction experience
Sep 14, 2018
by Richard Handford

A combination of unsuccessful 900 MHz and 1800 MHz auctions and an eviction in the 850 MHz band has left Thai spectrum policy looking a little messy. Read more...

5G experts discuss public vs private networks at URLLC event
Sep 13, 2018
by Manuel R. Marti

While mobile operators race to be the first to launch 5G, the industrial sector is considering whether traditional carriers offer the best value for deploying ultra reliable and low latency communications (URLLC) networks. Read more...

ITU sharing conditions for possible IMT bands “unnecessarily complicated” says GSMA
Sep 12, 2018
by Dugie Standeford

ITU-R Task Group 5/1 (TG 5/1) has agreed on sharing conditions for a range of spectrum bands up for discussion under Agenda Item 1.13 at WRC-19. Mobile operators say that while they're pleased that all options are still on the table, some conditions might be too draconian to support 5G. Read more...

5G needs better siting policies, study says
Sep 11, 2018
by Manuel R. Marti

A change in small cells siting policies is "imperative" for 5G success, according to a study produced by mobile industry association 5G Americas and the Small Cell Forum (SCF). Deployment barriers will have a significant impact on the pace and scale of densification, the study claims. Read more...

Commonwealth sets out priorities ahead of WRC-19
Sep 10, 2018
by Manuel R. Marti

The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) has held its annual meeting in Balaclava, Mauritius. Member administrations discussed 5G issues and the organisation's contribution for the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19). Read more...

Top Japanese official criticises operators’ spectrum use
Sep 07, 2018
by Richard Handford

Big private profits are being generated through the use of a publicly owned asset, according to the country’s chief cabinet secretary. Read more...

O2 checks out LiFi for 5G connectivity
Sep 05, 2018
by Dugie Standeford

UK mobile operator O2 is trialling the use of light bulbs for 5G high-speed networks. pureLiFi, the operator's partner in the test, argues that the technology will eventually overtake radio spectrum in connectivity due to its huge bandwidth and the potential speeds on offer. Read more...

South Africa opens door to spectrum liberalisation
Sep 04, 2018
by Manuel R. Marti

South Africa’s telecoms ministry has published a draft amendment to the Electronic Communications Act (ECA) that places significant emphasis on spectrum issues, with changes to access policies and licensing. Read more...

PMSE sector welcomes confirmation of UK’s compensation scheme
Sep 03, 2018
by Manuel R. Marti

UK regulator Ofcom has confirmed the arrangements for its grant scheme for PMSE equipment owners and users who are being forced to vacate the 700 MHz band. Read more...

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