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Japanese mobile operators warn government over auction plans
Mar 19, 2018
by Richard Handford

NTT Docomo, KDDI and Softbank have cautioned against an over-reliance on bid size when making spectrum awards, as the Japanese government mulls a shake-up in frequency assignments. Read more...

US regulators appear to be climbing aboard the small cell liberalisation bandwagon, and Europe could be next
Mar 16, 2018
by Jonathan Watson

The Small Cell Forum has welcomed the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) pledge to change some of the rules that govern the deployment of small cells. Read more...

ITU-R may move to milestone approach for satellite filing for NGSOs
Mar 15, 2018
by Toby Youell

Non-geostationary orbit satellite constellations are creating challenges for traditional regulatory processes. Read more...

Will South African spectrum policy change under a new administration?
Mar 14, 2018
by Dugie Standeford

Newly elected South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has said his government intends to move forward on spectrum assignment. It's not clear yet whether that includes finalising the controversial wireless open access network. Read more...

High spectrum prices make mobile services more expensive in Latin America, GSMA claims
Mar 12, 2018
by Toby Youell

The relatively high price of mobile services in Latin America is at least partly due to the region's regulators’ tendency to squeeze the sector for revenues, according to a new report published by mobile industry association the GSMA. Read more...

Europe leads in 3.5 GHz assignments with patchy progress in other regions
Mar 09, 2018
by Patrick Gahan

Regulators are taking different approaches to the current occupiers of the band but demand for existing 3.5 GHz services is continuing in many countries. Read more...

US legislators agree to allow the FCC to make spectrum available again
Mar 08, 2018
by Toby Youell

The passage of RAY BAUM’s Act (H.R. 4986) follows bipartisan bicameral agreement on spectrum-related legislation. Read more...

Mobile operators attend 28 GHz band meeting for the first time
Mar 07, 2018
by Richard Handford

Operators from countries such as South Korea, Japan and the US attended a meeting held by a group that backs 28 GHz for the first time. Mexico’s regulator was also represented. Read more...

Mexican regulator to give Telcel’s rivals first choice in 2.5 GHz band auction
Mar 06, 2018
by Toby Youell

Mexico’s independent telecoms regulator, the Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones, has set rules for an upcoming 2.5 GHz band auction that may curb the power of the country’s dominant mobile operator, Telcel. Read more...

US eyes 3450-3550 MHz military spectrum for wireless broadband
Mar 05, 2018
by Dugie Standeford

The US National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will study the band - currently used by the Department of Defense - as a potential way to increase the amount of mid-frequency spectrum available for commercial purposes. The move has strong support from the US regulator. Read more...