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Outages show the need to think clearly about national security
Dec 10, 2018
by Manuel R. Marti

An O2 network failure in the UK has shown how mobile underpins vital infrastructure but is Huawei the right target for our national security fears? Even the EU is now expressing concerns. Chinese technology companies are an emerging powerhouse and banning them may soon be impractical as well as self-defeating. Read more...

EU report lays out 5G recommendations for member states
Dec 06, 2018
by Manuel R. Marti

Spectrum assignments and small cell deployment appear to be the most critical issues for 5G, according to an EU study published recently.  Read more...

Spectrum sharing now on the table for mobile players
Dec 03, 2018
by Manuel R. Marti

The mobile industry association (GSMA) has indicated its willingness to start sharing spectrum. It said in a position paper that sharing can play a complementary role to traditional spectrum licensing by allowing mobile services to access new bands where there are no other reasonable alternatives. "The continued rise in data traffic means… Read more...

GSMA issues 5G spectrum warning a year before WRC-19
Nov 28, 2018
by Manuel R. Marti

The mobile industry association says legislators are not keeping up with the spectrum requirements of mobile network operators (MNOs). It claims that with less than a year to go to the next World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19), this means the future of 5G could be in doubt.  Read more...

Mobile players doubtful over Germany’s 5G auction plan
Nov 23, 2018
by Manuel R. Marti

German regulator BNetzA is expected to confirm next week the final terms and design of the 5G auction due to take place in the first quarter of 2019.  Read more...

Regional groups search for agreement on “the most difficult item in years” and other issues ahead of WRC-19
Nov 22, 2018
by Manuel R. Marti

As part of the run-up to the next World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19), representatives from the six regional preparation groups gathered in Geneva this week to discuss their current positions on each of the conference’s agenda items.  Read more...

New umbrella group to support 3.6-3.8 GHz shared access model in UK
Nov 15, 2018
by Manuel R. Marti

Google has joined forces with UK telecoms firms to form a task force to campaign for a CBRS-like model in the 3.6-3.8 GHz band in the country.  Read more...

ITU plans move to “smart” headquarters in Geneva
Nov 12, 2018
by Manuel R. Marti

The International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) plan to move to its new headquarters is to go ahead, subject to the approval of the ITU Council. The new building would open its doors in 2025.  Read more...

Italian regulator defends 5G auction
Nov 09, 2018
by Manuel R. Marti

PolicyTracker has interviewed Antonio Nicita, commissioner of Italian regulator Agcom, about benchmarking, auction designs and the "sky-high" prices paid in Europe's latest 5G tender.  Read more...

New Zealand IoT consultation
Nov 05, 2018
by Manuel R. Marti

New Zealand's telecoms regulator is seeking comments on the rules for a three-year testbed for Internet of Things (IoT) use in 210-220 MHz frequencies. This consultation is part of the ministry's 174-230 MHz review. Radio Spectrum Management (RSM) is consulting until November 30th, 2018.  The full document is available here. Read more...