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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...

China (2019)
Jan 04, 2019
by Jonathan Watson

China's mobile operators continue to be very active in preparing for 5G and hope to launch services by 2020. China continues to promote TDD technologies and is considering allocating 4.5 GHz for 5G Read more...

Brazil (2019)
Jan 04, 2019
by Jonathan Watson

Brazil is still planning to award spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band for 5G and to award the 700 MHz spectrum that was left unsold after an auction in 2014. It does not support the use of the 28 GHz band for 5G. Read more...

France (2019)
Jan 03, 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...

Japan (2019)
Jan 03, 2019
by Jonathan Watson

Japan will be hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020 and the country plans to use the event as a showcase for new technologies such as 5G. Japan is one of the countries interested in using 28 GHz for 5G, even though the band was not selected for further… Read more...

United States (2019)
Jan 03, 2019
by Jonathan Watson

With the 600 MHz incentive auction now complete, US regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is trying to accelerate the development of 5G. Read more...

Canada (2019)
Jan 03, 2019
by Jonathan Watson

Canada is now preparing to follow the US in auctioning spectrum in the 600 MHz band. Its government is also looking at other bands for 5G and plans to auction spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band next. Read more...

Austria
Jan 03, 2019
by Jonathan Watson

Austria expects to start auctioning spectrum for 5G in autumn this year. In 2018 and 2019, the plan is to award frequencies in the 700 MHz, 1500 MHz, 2100 MHz and 3.4-3.8 GHz bands. Read more...

India (2019)
Jan 03, 2019
by Jonathan Watson

The Indian regulator is planning a major 5G auction soon, but the country's mobile operators are currently in no hurry to spend big money on more spectrum. Two of the three biggest operators - Vodafone and Idea Cellular - have now completed a merger. Read more...