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WRC-23 must safeguard science spectrum, say radio astronomers
Sep 04, 2020
by Dugie Standeford

WRC agenda items on IMT, the use of high-altitude platform stations as IMT base stations and possible changes to uses in the 470—960 MHz band raise significant interference concerns, according to the Committee on Radio Astronomy Frequencies (CRAF). Read more...

6G will be a new type of network mixing satellite, airborne and terrestrial technology
Jul 21, 2020
by Richard Handford

Satellites, particularly low earth orbit constellations, as well as aircraft, balloons and unmanned aerial vehicles, will be central to the next generation of mobile technology in a way they have not been previously, say academics. Read more...

WRC-23: what you need to know today
Dec 13, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

WRC-23 is expected to be dominated by calls for IMT identifications in the C-band, 6 GHz and 10 GHz; a review of the UHF band in Region 1; potential new allocations to mobile satellite; and the use of HAPS as IMT base stations. Read more...

HAPS get an additional 1.8 GHz of spectrum at WRC-19
Dec 11, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

Of all the bands under discussion at WRC-19, only 31-31.3 GHz and 38 GHz received a global identification for high altitude platform stations (HAPS).  Read more...

Stratospheric and space services look to flip mobile spectrum
Oct 09, 2019
by Toby Youell

Japanese mobile giant SoftBank and fledgling US satellite company Lynk are looking to use terrestrial mobile spectrum for stratospheric and satellite services respectively.  Read more...

Viewpoint: HAPS needs more spectrum from WRC-19
Jun 20, 2019
by H. Sama Nwana

High altitude platforms (HAPS) are crucial for affordable broadband connectivity backhaul, particularly in the developing world, says consultant H. Sama Nwana. Read more...

African administrations hope for global action on spectrum for HAPs and “unlawful earth stations”
Jul 09, 2018
by Toby Youell

Abdoulkarim Soumaila, secretary general of the African Telecommunications Union (ATU), told PolicyTracker that he hopes the international community will come round to the ATU's way of thinking on two WRC-19 agenda items where other regions are tempted to oppose change. Read more...

WRC-19 update: two mmWave bands emerge as 5G front runners
Mar 23, 2018
by Martin Sims

The ITU study groups are getting close to completing the final reports which will form the bedrock of the WRC-19 agreement. Some consensus is emerging, notably on 5G bands and some satellite issues, as explained in a new PolicyTracker report. Read more...

US to propose re-visiting High Altitude Platform Stations at WRC-19
Oct 22, 2015
by Toby Youell

The Head of the US delegation, Decker Anstrom, has listed HAPS as a US priority for WRC-19 along with “5G” spectrum above 6 GHz and extending the unlicensed 5 GHz band. Read more...