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FCC sets stage for third tier of spectrum access at 3550–3700 MHz by end 2018
Aug 17, 2018
by Toby Youell

The six entities that are conditionally approved to provide the software that will support the multi-tier citizens broadband radio service (CBRS) have been given until 10 September by the US regulator to propose time- and geography-limited initial commercial deployments (ICDs) in the band. Read more...

Study: 5G puts insects in the hot seat
Aug 15, 2018
by Richard Handford

From beetles to bees, insects absorb more radio waves at the higher frequencies favoured for 5G, a study says. Read more...

Verizon policy overview: 5G is their priority

By the end of the year Verizon is promising to launch the first US commercial 5G network for fixed broadband services, followed by mobile 5G services next year. This may not be the world's first 5G commercial network  - both Finland and Qatar have claimed that prize - but their… Read more...

Facebook policy overview: HAPs, sharing and using spectrum above 95 GHz

Facebook may no longer be planning to build its own high altitude battery-powered gliders, but it remains committed to HAPS and this is the main theme of its WRC-19 lobbying. The HAPs strategy is part of the company's drive to connect the developing world and this commitment also motivates their… Read more...

FCC proposes incentive auction at 38.6 – 40 GHz
Aug 15, 2018
by Toby Youell

The US regulator wants to make the band available for 5G use, but existing licensees present logistical obstacles. The FCC plans to resolve this with an auction design modelled on last year's 600 MHz broadcast incentive auction. Read more...

FCC Commissioner launches second attack on ITU
Aug 14, 2018
by Manuel R. Marti

Michael O’Rielly has again warned that the US could withdraw funding from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), criticising its staff and accusing the organisation of straying from its core mission.  Read more...

Verizon
Aug 14, 2018
by Dugie Standeford

US-only carrier Verizon's 4G LTE network covers 98% of the US population and it expects to launch 5G wireless broadband services in several markets in 2018. Its current focus is on the 3.7-4.2 GHz, 2.5 GHz, 28 GHz, 29 GHz, 31 GHz and 39 GHz bands. It's also pressing for… Read more...

Slovenia work program for 2019
Aug 13, 2018
by Patrick Gahan

Slovenia's AKOS is seeking comments on the regulator's work program, financial plan and tariff proposals for 2019. Among the regulator's plans are the assignment by auction of spectrum in he 700 MHz band is by the end of 2019, most likely in mid 2019. Additionally AKOS mentions plans to assign spectrum… Read more...

Ofcom UK small scale DAB
Aug 13, 2018
by Patrick Gahan

The United Kingdom's Ofcom has called for expressions of interest in using small scale digital audio broadcasting (DAB). Existing licences cover regions and the small scale licences could be at most 40% of the size of the current licences. The full consultation document can be viewed here. Read more...

Viewpoint: US 5G gamble pays dividends while other countries procrastinate
Aug 13, 2018
by Martin Sims

Two years ago the US agreed the rules for 5G deployment and Verizon is promising to launch services this year. Elsewhere,  except South Korea, regulations have not been finalised and commercial services are not expected until at least 2020. Has the rest of the world got it wrong? Read more...