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Somalia consultation on draft National ICT Policy & Strategy
Apr 23, 2019
by Toby Youell

The Somalian Ministry of Post, Telecom and Technology has issued its draft National ICT Policy & Strategy to a public consultation. The draft document expresses the Ministry's intention to develop a 5-year spectrum management plan, and to publish current assignments within the next two years. It also anticipates spectrum awards… Read more...

Consultation on proposed unlicensed spectrum for home area networks in Qatar
Apr 23, 2019
by Toby Youell

Qatar's Communications Regulatory Authority has issued a consultation on its proposal to establish a class licence for Wireless Home Area Networks. The proposed class licence would authorise licence-exempt use of spectrum for smart devices including automated electrical home appliances and heating systems. The frequencies cited in the draft regulatory instrument… Read more...

FCC consultation on WRC-19 positions on satellite coordination
Apr 23, 2019
by Toby Youell

The FCC is seeking comments from private sector stakeholders on the remaining WRC-19 Agenda Item 7 issues for which the USA does not have a proposal/position. These include issues: C1, C2, C3, C4, C6, C7, E, I and J. Stakeholders with any concern with the USA joining any of the current draft… Read more...

UK consultation on allowing Active Antenna Systems to use the 3.4 – 3.8 GHz band
Apr 23, 2019
by Toby Youell

The UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has issued a consultation on allowing Active Antenna Systems, an important component of 5G, in the 3.4 - 3.8 GHz band. This would be done by amending existing licences so that they comply with the conditions set out in Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2019/235. This… Read more...

FCC consultation on bidding procedures in auction of several mmWave bands
Apr 23, 2019
by Toby Youell

The FCC has issued a consultation on proposed bidding procedures for its planned auction of the Upper 37 GHz (37.6 - 38.6 GHz), 39 GHz (38.6 - 40 GHz), and 47 GHz (47.2 - 48.2 GHz) bands. The proposed procedures would include a clock phase that would allow bidding on… Read more...

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...