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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...

3GPP finalises 5G eMBB standards
Jul 03, 2018
by Manuel R. Marti

Telecoms standards body 3GPP has published Release 15, which brings the enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB) 5G technology standardisation process to a close.  Read more...

Draft European code says spectrum fees must be “objectively justified”
Jun 29, 2018
by Manuel R. Marti

The recently-agreed European Electronic Communications Code (EECC) tells EU member states to establish "justified" and "balanced" spectrum fees, with the aim of preventing governments from boosting their coffers through high prices.  Read more...

US: Republicans pivot towards spectrum sharing
Jun 28, 2018
by Toby Youell

Contrary to what might be expected, the Trump Administration is placing a new emphasis on opening up Federal frequencies to commercial users through spectrum sharing. Read more...

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