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How will 5G power agricultural growth?
May 18, 2018
by Manuel R. Marti

5G could enhance agricultural growth by delivering reliable and high bandwidth connections but there still are questions to answer over coverage and security. Read more...

Policymakers to stop adding difficult issues to standing WRC agenda items
May 16, 2018
by Toby Youell

World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) agenda items 7, 9.1 and 9.2 always concern recurring issues that regularly require amendments to the Radio Regulations. The increased use of these items is now attracting the attention of policymakers as they start to consider potential agenda items for WRC-23 and beyond as part of… Read more...

FCC wants mobile broadband to have more spectrum at 2.5 GHz
May 14, 2018
by Toby Youell

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that raises the prospect of an auction of 2.5 GHz spectrum in the mostly rural areas where it is not already assigned to the Educational Broadband Service. Read more...

Smart farming, using UHF spectrum, is helping to modernise agriculture
May 11, 2018
by Manuel R. Marti

Decades after the "green revolution" in agriculture, the use of UHF spectrum is driving big changes in farming. Read more...

WRC-23 might legalise use of L-band for inter-satellite links
May 10, 2018
by Toby Youell

The satellite industry is proposing to study changing the Radio Regulations to address the use of the L-band for data relays for non-geostationary satellites (NGSOs). Read more...

China invests in developing countries’ digital switchovers
May 09, 2018
by Toby Youell

China is promoting its terrestrial broadcasting standard and funding the digital switchover in various developing countries. Read more...

Manufacturers call for exclusive local area access to spectrum for industrial 5G use cases
May 04, 2018
by Toby Youell

The US plans to award various mmWave bands for 5G at the county or partial economic area level, while in the C-band it plans to share the spectrum, allowing exclusive use in a portion of the spectrum at the smallest geographical level. Read more...

Spain proposes big increase in 5G spectrum fees
May 03, 2018
by Manuel R. Marti

The Spanish government has proposed to increase fees for 5G frequencies by a factor of 13 in its budget for the coming fiscal year. Read more...

What are the global prospects for unlicensed use of the 6 GHz band?
May 02, 2018
by Toby Youell

A globally harmonized 2.4 GHz band enabled economies of scale for RLANs. Problems with incumbents meant this was not the case in all of the 5 GHz band, but what about spectrum above 5925 MHz? Read more...

FCC proposals may “ratify the balkanisation” of spectrum above 95 GHz
Apr 30, 2018
by Mark Ballard

The US regulator's proposals to allow the commercial exploitation of millimetre wave radio frequencies above 95 GHz are flawed, according to one of its former policy chiefs. Space agency NASA says there is a need to protect frequencies that satellites and space missions depend on. Read more...