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Getting to 5G first: a spectrum policy perspective
Apr 18, 2019
by Toby Youell

There have been intense discussions in recent weeks about which country was first to 5G. Was it South Korea, whose government and operators coordinated a 5G launch on 3 April? Or was it the US, where Verizon launched 5G for phones with clip-on adaptors in Chicago and Minneapolis the previous… Read more...

US government issues space spectrum recommendations as agencies fight over 24 GHz band
Apr 18, 2019
by Toby Youell

The US Department of Commerce has issued 13 spectrum policy recommendations that are designed to boost the growth of the US space commerce economy. Read more...

Norway: two consultations relating to forthcoming auction of high frequency bands
Apr 17, 2019
by admin_pt

Norway's National Communications Authority (Nkom) is proposing changes to the ceiling applied to spectrum acquired in an auction. This is currently 2/3 of the frequencies being auctioned, and was set in May 2018. The consultation follows input from Telia, ICE and the Ministry of Transport and Communications. Stakeholders are also being… Read more...

Mexico: competition measures for dominant players in the telecom sector
Apr 17, 2019
by admin_pt

The IFT is inviting comments for its two yearly consultation on competition measures for dominant players in the telecoms sector. This could lead to existing measures being modified or new ones being imposed.   Read more...

Indian mobile industry wary of expensive spectrum for 5G
Apr 17, 2019
by Toby Youell

Rajan Mathews, director general of the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), has told PolicyTracker that the national regulator’s reserve prices for an upcoming multiband spectrum auction are “presently unviable”. Read more...

Regulating competition in mobile markets: book now and save £200
Apr 16, 2019
by Training blog

The early bird deadline for our Regulating competition in mobile markets training course on June 5-6 is about to expire: the delegate fee is only £1000 + VAT  if you book within the next few days.  The course gives a thorough background in competition policy, explaining the latest approaches and how these… Read more...

Japan assigns 5G spectrum for $14.5 billion
Apr 16, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

Japan's telecoms ministry has awarded spectrum to the country's three established mobile operators—NTT Docomo, KDDI and SoftBank—along with the recent new entrant Rakuten.  Read more...

4.8 GHz could be a dark horse for 5G in Asia
Apr 15, 2019
by Richard Handford

There is more backing for 4.8—4.99 GHz in Asia than many people realise. However, it’s not clear if the band’s credentials are strong enough for it to become a 5G mainstay rather than a supporting player.  Read more...

Search engine optimisation: using Yoast
Apr 12, 2019
by admin_pt

We can use the Yoast plug-in to improve our search engine hits for all website pages, but the degree of likely success varies depending on whether it is behind a paywall. See post for more details... Read more...

mmWave: the transatlantic divide
Apr 12, 2019
by Martin Sims

5G services in mmWave bands have been as popular in the US as they are unpopular in Europe. Verizon is already providing home broadband using pre-standards 5G in 28 GHz in several US cities, with AT&T following close behind. In Europe, there are plenty of mmWave trials. However, the only… Read more...