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Non-geostationary satellites want more spectrum sharing in 3.7-7 GHz bands
Dec 14, 2017
by Dugie Standeford

WRC-19 Agenda Item 9.1.3 calls for studies into the technical, operational and regulatory feasibility of allowing new non-geostationary satellites in the 3.7-4.2 GHz (C-band), 4.5-4.8 GHz, 5.925-6.425 GHz and 6.725-7.025 GHz bands allocated to fixed satellite services (FSS). The proposal isn't particularly controversial but any additional spectrum sharing must be… Read more...

FCC’s TAC considers how RIIAs could help to address interference problems between NGSO satellites
Dec 13, 2017
by Toby Youell

A new white paper soon to be published by the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Technological Advisory Council (TAC) considers how a risk-informed interference assessment (RIIA) could be used when managing interference between non-geostationary (NGSO) satellites.  Read more...

RSPG chair supports EU Council’s 5G roadmap
Dec 13, 2017
by Kane Mumford

Jonas Wessel, the newly-elected chair of the Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG), told PolicyTracker that the roadmap offers a firm direction towards 5G. Regulators think it is ambitious but feasible. Read more...

South Korean operator plans to rollout 5G earlier than expected
Dec 11, 2017
by Cyrus Yau

After conducting a series of successful demonstrations of relay technologies for 5G, SK Telecom has started to accelerate its efforts to roll out a 5G service in South Korea earlier than expected. Read more...

Greece renews 1800 MHz spectrum licences
Dec 08, 2017
by Jaroslaw Adamowski

Greek telecoms regulator EETT has assigned eleven 2 x 5 MHz blocks of spectrum in the 1800 MHz band to local operators Cosmote, Vodafone and Wind Hellas, thereby meeting its goal of replacing temporary authorisations with long-term licences by the end of 2017. Read more...

Egypt suggests Sharm El Sheikh could host WRC-19
Dec 07, 2017
by Kane Mumford

The Egyptian resort, where 224 tourists were killed by a suspected ISIS attack in October 2015, could become the fourth location to host the event, first held in 1979 (WARC-79). Read more...

India’s operators in no hurry for another spectrum auction
Dec 05, 2017
by Cyrus Yau

Several Indian mobile operators, including Bharti Airtel and Idea Cellular, have used their responses to a consultation on a new round of spectrum auctions to suggest that the regulator adjust its timeline for further spectrum assignments. Read more...

Next Chilean administration asked to reform spectrum policy
Dec 04, 2017
by Toby Youell

Mobile industry association the GSMA has called on Chile's next administration to introduce more spectrum liberalisation and policy predictability, but praised the country's current practice of awarding spectrum through beauty contests. Read more...

RSPG Opinion on PMSE spectrum leaves some stakeholders disappointed
Dec 01, 2017
by Dugie Standeford

There is no current need for more EU-wide harmonised spectrum for programme-making and special events (PMSE) and additional PMSE requirements should be addressed case-by-case at the national level, the EU's Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) said in a final "Opinion" on a long-term strategy on future spectrum needs for wireless… Read more...

Satellite industry faces up to threat of relocation from C-band in Asia-Pacific
Nov 30, 2017
by Richard Handford

Inmarsat could be one of those to lose out as satellite operators contemplate relocation from parts of the C-band (3.4-4.2 GHz) in a number of Asian countries. Read more...