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Spectrum Summit offers first hand insight into German success story
Jun 11, 2021
by Martin Sims

What is the best way of ensuring that vertical industries can get access to 5G spectrum? That is a difficult question which may not have a one-size-fits-all answer. Is the solution: Requiring MNOs to provide services to verticals (France in 3.5 GHz)? Local licensing in reserved spectrum (Germany in 3.5… Read more...

Lithuania 3.4 – 3.8 GHz
Feb 23, 2021
by Martin Sims

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Why have anti-5G campaigns been so successful?
Feb 18, 2021
by Martin Sims

For decades individuals and organised groups have lobbied against mobile phones claiming health risks, but the recent anti-5G campaigns have had an unprecedented impact. Messaging penetration has been estimated at 50% and never before have these campaigns led to arson attacks on base stations. In this Research Note we examine… Read more...

Satellite sector overview
Sep 25, 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...

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...

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...