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Microsoft remains a force to be reckoned with
Jun 23, 2022
by Jonathan Watson

Out of Amazon, Apple, Google, Meta and Microsoft, there’s little doubt over which company is considered the least sexy. It’s got to be Microsoft, hasn’t it? Feels like it’s been around since the dawn of computing time. All those tedious old programs which people have been working with forever. Look… Read more...

What’s in a name?
Jun 16, 2022
by Jonathan Watson

As you probably know, Facebook changed its name last year. It was the second of the four OTT players we profile to do so. The group is, of course, now known as Meta. It's a similar trick to the one performed by Google, which changed its name to Alphabet in… Read more...

Spain reorganises 3.5 GHz band
Mar 21, 2022
by Jonathan Watson

Spain’s Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation (MINECO) has said that the country’s reorganisation of spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band is now complete. Read more...

In Europe’s telecoms industry, consolidation seems inevitable
Feb 11, 2022
by Jonathan Watson

Competition, eh? It’s generally thought to be a good thing. But like many good things, too much of it can leave one wanting less. Take Europe’s big telecoms firms. Their trade association, ETNO, says that one of the key reasons the industry is struggling is "the heavy regulation in the… Read more...

It’s time to ignite the spark of curiosity
Feb 04, 2022
by Jonathan Watson

ANFR, the French spectrum management agency, regularly publishes information about exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF). Ofcom in the UK and other administrations are carrying out similar work. They hope that this will help to reassure people that 5G is not a health risk. But Gilles Brégant, the head of ANFR,… Read more...

Finland consults on 26 GHz band auction
Feb 12, 2020
by Jonathan Watson

Finland's Ministry of Transport and Communications has launched a consultation on its proposed 26 GHz auction. It plans to launch the procedure in summer 2020.  Read more...

Germany (2020)
Dec 10, 2019
by Jonathan Watson

Germany successful completed an auction of spectrum for 5G in June 2019, raising a total of €6.5 billion in the process. Read more...

France (2020)
Dec 09, 2019
by Jonathan Watson

France's four main mobile network operators (MNOs) have all started testing 5G in the 3.5 GHz band, and consultations are underway on the 26 GHz band. The government's "new deal" with the MNOs has been hailed as an innovative way to improve 4G coverage. Consolidation remains a strong possibility. Read more...

10 days to go to WRC-19
Oct 18, 2019
by Jonathan Watson

The man who will be running the show at WRC-19, Amr Badawi, says he is looking forward to a few weeks of sun, sand, sea and spectrum in Sharm El Sheikh. There are now just 10 days to go until it all gets underway. PolicyTracker's very own Manuel Marti will… Read more...

Do you know what to expect from regulators in the mobile market?
Apr 02, 2019
by Jonathan Watson

In the mobile business, regulators can play havoc with your share price. Just look at what happened last week. Reports of potential setbacks in Sprint and T-Mobile's merger approval process in the US caused each firm to lose almost 5% of its value. It was a different story for T-Mobile… Read more...