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Obituary: Alan March, campaigner for PMSE spectrum and musician
Jun 09, 2020
by Martin Sims

Alan March, who has died at the age of 56 after a short battle with cancer, had a rare combination of talents. He was very successful in raising the profile of the programme-making and special events (PMSE) sector in the spectrum world and in gaining recognition for the important contribution… Read more...

Lithuania 3.4 – 3.8 GHz
May 29, 2020
by Martin Sims

May 29, 2020 The local press reports that the Government hopes that the 3.5 GHz band will be awarded this year to support its ambition to have 5G deployed in at least one of Lithuania's largest towns by 2022. These plans are complicated by military use of the 3.5 GHz… Read more...

Satellite sector overview
May 01, 2020
by Martin Sims

The satellite industry entered WRC-19 with trepidation but declared itself satisfied with the result. Fears over 5G interference have receded, helping them pursue another key policy goal: being part of the emerging eco-system for the new mobile generation. The conference also finalised a momentous change - bringing competition to safety at… Read more...

Editorial: 5G conspiracy theory shows we must change PR strategy
Apr 21, 2020
by Martin Sims

Who is your first stop for health advice? The world's leading scientists, or a man who thinks "tall, blood-drinking, shape-shifting reptilian humanoids from the Alpha Draconis star system, now hiding in underground bases, are the force behind a worldwide conspiracy against humanity"? When it comes to 5G, the lizard man -… Read more...

PolicyTracker services during the COVID 19 outbreak
Mar 25, 2020
by Martin Sims

Like many companies, PolicyTracker has moved to remote working to limit the spread of coronavirus. However, the nature of our business means that there should be very little effect on our services. You will continue to receive our alerts, the phone is being answered as usual and we have contingency plans in… Read more...

A post-WRC-19 assessment of the spectrum policy for satellite
Feb 05, 2020
by Martin Sims

The satellite industry's worst fears did not materialise at WRC-19 and it declared itself pleased with the result. Existing services gained some protection against 5G in 26 GHz and 40 GHz but not in exactly the way the sector had hoped. There was good news for satellite in 28 GHz:… Read more...

Free broadband? No thanks!
Jan 10, 2020
by Martin Sims

Telecoms renationalisation has skulked back to the political margins in the UK after the Labour party suffered its worst electoral defeat since 1935. Read more...

Decade-defining moments for spectrum policy
Dec 30, 2019
by Martin Sims

What were the key events which shaped spectrum management over the past ten years? We asked PolicyTracker staff and they gave a wide range of answers, including the growth of spectrum sharing, the US incentive auction, social networking going mobile and the banning of Huawei. Read more...

New developments in national spectrum policies
Dec 20, 2019
by Martin Sims

This article gives an overview of national spectrum policies in the larger economies as 5G moves from theory to deployment. We focus on the regional differences in 5G bands; increasing use of spectrum sharing initiatives; progress towards spectrum liberalisation in India and Brazil; the emergence of new entrants in Japan… Read more...

A Christmas story…
Dec 20, 2019
by Martin Sims

Firstly, a happy Christmas to you all and I hope you get at least a small break from work over the next few days. The PolicyTracker office will be closed next week and our news alerts service will be reduced over the holiday season. Secondly, this feels like a good… Read more...