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Trumpian discourse makes its way into the spectrum world
Oct 13, 2017
by Kane Mumford

It has been just over a week since FCC commissioner Michael O’Rielly suggested removing US funding from the ITU unless it reformed and gave the US more influence over its processes. He suggested it was overrun by authoritarian governments and called for a “fundamental overhaul”. The Trump administration is often criticised… Read more...

Harmonised EU release of 3.5 GHz and 26 GHz may solve the ECC impasse
Oct 06, 2017
by Kane Mumford

The European Commission's seemingly ill-fated vision for a new Electronic Communications Code could be viewed as a triumph of short-termism; of EU member states being allowed to continue pushing their own narrow interests at the expense of a more connected Europe and of 5G in general (whatever that turns out to be).… Read more...

Will CBRS handicap 5G leadership ambitions in the US?
Sep 22, 2017
by Kane Mumford

If Europe can overcome its fragmentation issues at 3.4-3.8 GHz, it will have more suitable 5G spectrum in this band than the US, which is adopting the innovative CBRS approach. Read more...

Inmarsat launch: regulatory fudge or technical triumph?
Jun 30, 2017
by Kane Mumford

When the Commission tried to encourage a pan-European paging market by setting aside the 169.4-169.8 MHz under the European Radio Messaging System, or ERMES, how could they have known that SMS was about to take off. The spectrum stayed very much set-aside for about 15 years while the legislative process… Read more...

What is really holding back “5G” in Europe?
Jun 09, 2017
by Kane Mumford

The GSMA and ETNO have called on legislators yet again to ditch their “grim” approach to the 5G vision, as if having concerns about one-size fits all licence terms, pushy auction planning rules and more centralised control of spectrum policy were just a way to spoil everyone else’s fun. Are longer licence… Read more...

Spectrum wars 2.0
Apr 21, 2017
by Kane Mumford

In the same way that warfare has supposedly, for lack of a better word, “evolved” over time from the wholesale conquering of an enemy’s territory into a more targeted and strategic business, the battle for spectrum looks to be heading the same way. Read more...

Does competition require equal shares of spectrum?
Mar 24, 2017
by Kane Mumford

PolicyTracker has heard that regulatory affairs departments of mobile operators are increasingly being seen by boards as income generators rather than cost centres. Read more...

Make your mind up time
Mar 17, 2017
by Kane Mumford

Seriously now: are we facing an imminent lack of spectrum due to exponential data demand or are we not? Answers, please, in the context of the European Parliament confirming the timetable for the clearance of 700 MHz. Read more...

5G or not 5G?
Jan 27, 2017
by Kane Mumford

3GPP’s Release 15 will probably bear the “5G stamp”. This means that there is nothing to stop marketers calling LTE and LTE-advanced technology included in the final documentation “5G” when it is approved around the end of 2018. Read more...

Has social media ruined the consultation process?
Jan 13, 2017
by Kane Mumford

Make the Air Fair’s campaign may be an oversimplification of the facts. Still, the people have spoken. What will Ofcom do about it? Read more...