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Lithuanian ministry and mobile operators sign agreement to speed up 5G development
Oct 22, 2021
by Jaroslaw Adamowski

The Lithuanian government has signed a memorandum on 5G with the country's mobile operators ahead of a long-awaited spectrum auction. Read more...

French high court upholds regulator’s award of 3.5 GHz spectrum
Oct 21, 2021
by Dugie Standeford

The decision by the Conseil d'Etat, the country's highest administrative court, rejected demands by environmental protection groups and several citizens to overturn Arcep's assignment of 5G spectrum to four mobile operators. Read more...

Q3 sees new record prices for the 3.5 GHz band
Oct 21, 2021
by Toby Youell

New iteration of PolicyTracker Spectrum Database tracks 11 auctions across six bands. The last three months included two potentially expensive spectrum auctions. Operators in one of these countries, Pakistan, largely shunned the award; but Canadian operators ended up paying record prices. These auction results are reported in the 2021 Q3… Read more...

Romanian regulator expects four bidders in first 5G spectrum auction
Oct 20, 2021
by Jaroslaw Adamowski

Romania’s regulator Ancom has invited applications to take part in an auction of 5G spectrum in the 800 MHz, 2.6 GHz and 3400—3490 MHz bands and is expecting the country's four mobile operators to bid. Read more...

Progress has been “incredibly slow” in WRC-23 preparations
Oct 19, 2021
by Manuel R. Marti

Various sources involved in the WRC process have told PolicyTracker that “progress has been incredibly slow” and that a number of issues, such as UHF band revision and IMT in the C-band or 6 GHz band, are “further behind than anyone would have expected by this stage of the cycle”.  Read more...

The UAE is to host WRC-23
Oct 19, 2021
by Manuel R. Marti

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) are to host the next World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-23), which will be held between 20 November and 15 December 2023.  Read more...

Nigerian consultation on 3.5 GHz auction
Oct 18, 2021
by Richard Haas

The Nigerian Communications Commission has published a draft Information Memorandum for its upcoming 3.5 GHz auction. It plans to hold the auction on December 13 and invited stakeholders to submit comments. Stakeholders are also invited to participate in the Stakeholders' Engagement Programme. Comments are due by October 27. Read more...

FCC consultation on 70/80/90 GHz bands for broadband
Oct 18, 2021
by Richard Haas

The FCC has published a Public Notice which seeks to supplement a previous Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which aimed to modernise and expand access to the 70 GHz, 80 GHz and 90 GHz bands. The Commission is seeking comment on whether these bands could provide broadband internet. In particular, the… Read more...

Australian consultation on 6 GHz for RLAN
Oct 18, 2021
by Richard Haas

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is seeking comments on a proposed update to regulations that would allow the use of radio local area networks (RLAN) devices in the lower 6 GHz band. The Authority is proposing changes to the Low Interference Potential Devices (LIPD) class licence to allow… Read more...