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France to trial blockchain for spectrum management
May 23, 2018
by Dugie Standeford

In what may be the first use of blockchain for spectrum management, the Agence National des Fréquences (ANFR) and start-up Blockchain Partner are preparing a limited trial of the technology using frequencies at 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz and in other bands. Read more...

We must get spectrum sharing right for 5G, says former UK minister
May 22, 2018
by Manuel R. Marti

Sharing spectrum and minimising spectrum waste are essential for a successful 5G story, former UK minister David Willetts said in his keynote address to the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Global Summit. Read more...

New policy document suggests India could change its approach to auctions
May 21, 2018
by Richard Handford

The Indian government wants its National Digital Communications Policy (NDCP) 2018 to signal a move away from policies that have resulted in extremely high reserve prices and unsold frequencies in recent years. Read more...

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...