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Will CBRS handicap 5G leadership ambitions in the US?
Sep 22, 2017
by Kane Mumford

If Europe can overcome its fragmentation issues at 3.4-3.8 GHz, it will have more suitable 5G spectrum in this band than the US, which is adopting the innovative CBRS approach. Read more...

Italy 700 MHz, 3.4-3.8 GHz, 26 GHz
Sep 22, 2017
by Kane Mumford

Italy is due to make an announcement on its plans for the auction of spectrum in Italy 700 MHz, 3.4-3.8 GHz, 26 GHz. Spectrum in all three bands could be auctioned in 2018 but the amount in each has yet to be agreed and availability is subject to existing licence durations… Read more...

Italian multiband auction talks go down to the wire
Sep 21, 2017
by Kane Mumford

Discussions are in their final stages and are focused on the best way to release spectrum in the 3.4-3.8 GHz and 700 MHz ranges, PolicyTracker can reveal. Read more...

US is “the outlier on 3.5 GHz”, according to Qualcomm technical standards boss
Sep 20, 2017
by Kane Mumford

Lorenzo Casaccia told a conference in Barcelona that 3.5 GHz is a worldwide 5G band, except in the US. He also announced mmWave mapping trials in ten cities worldwide. Read more...

Africa backs 26 GHz, 40 GHz for 5G
Sep 19, 2017
by Dugie Standeford

The unanimous ATU (African Telecommunications Union) decision on 26 GHz at its 11-15 September meeting was broadly expected, said Ross Bateson, an advisor for mobile industry group the GSM Association. Read more...

European 700 MHz talks “progressing well”
Sep 18, 2017
by Kane Mumford

Talks on the 700 MHz band will take place this month with a view to reaching an agreement by December. They could help with the issue of Italian DTT causing interference for neighbouring EU member states. This has been a problem for those countries for more than 30 years. Read more...

Germany
Sep 15, 2017
by Jonathan Watson

German mobile operators are currently planning to deploy 5G in the 700 MHz band, which was auctioned in June 2015. They also expect to make use of spectrum in and surrounding the 3.5 GHz range. However, none has announced any firm 5G targets, or said much about 5G trials outside… Read more...

France
Sep 15, 2017
by Jonathan Watson

Like the UK, France currently has four main mobile network operators - Orange, SFR, Bouygues Telecom and Free - and their attempts to consolidate have come to nothing so far. The regulator, ARCEP, recently announced plans to release spectrum in the 2.3 GHz and 3.5 GHz bands for 5G. The… Read more...

United Kingdom
Sep 15, 2017
by Jonathan Watson

UK regulator Ofcom and the UK's four mobile network operators are actively preparing for the 5G era. However, Ofcom's plan to auction the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz bands could be held up by legal action. The 700 MHz band is due to be auctioned (lawyers permitting) by 2020. Read more...

Smallsats unite to campaign on spectrum issues
Sep 15, 2017
by Dugie Standeford

The Commercial Smallsat Spectrum Management Association, launched this month, will campaign for an expedited spectrum coordination process for shared spectrum as well as on other spectrum issues affecting the community. Read more...