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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...

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...

Telecoms renationalisation: it’s official, economic liberalism is in decline
Nov 15, 2019
by Martin Sims

In the UK, the Labour Party's shock announcement of a part-renationalisation of BT is the strongest sign yet of wider political shifts with major industry implications. Read more...

New developments in national spectrum policies
Oct 11, 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 new white paper: Spectrum auctions – the current policy debates
Aug 07, 2019
by Martin Sims

For the past decade auctions have been the default assignment mechanism for mobile licences but there is growing concern about their use. Can they deliver wide high speed mobile coverage with its associated economic benefits? Some administrations think not: France is allowing operators to avoid auctions if they improve coverage… Read more...

PolicyTracker joins ceramics legends
Jul 29, 2019
by Martin Sims

Or to put it more more prosaically, we have moved offices! The new PolicyTracker address is: Suite 151, China Works, 100 Black Prince Road, London, SE1 7SJ, UK. All other company details remain the same, including our registered address. For the historically minded, our new building is the former home of Royal Doulton pottery… Read more...

New WRC-19 report: areas of agreement and unresolved issues
Jul 04, 2019
by Martin Sims

With four months to go until WRC-19, what agreements have been reached and what proposals are facing the most opposition? The answers are in PolicyTracker's new WRC-19 Briefing. The ITU World Radiocommunication Conferences are very important, setting the pattern for how spectrum will be used globally. National representatives have been in continual… Read more...

What is spectrum management?
Jun 07, 2019
by Martin Sims

Our Weekly Spectrum Briefing usually talks about a current policy issue but recently we have been going back to basics, reconsidering some fundamental questions. The first being what is spectrum management? Surprisingly, national regulators rarely give definitions, so we are suggesting our own. We argue that spectrum management is controlling the… Read more...

Spectrum management
Jun 07, 2019
by Martin Sims

What is PolicyTracker about? Spectrum management is the answer, but what is it and why is it important? This is the first of a series of articles which considers these issues. Read more...

Spectrum policy
Jun 05, 2019
by Martin Sims

What approach to spectrum policy will deliver the most benefits? The answer to that question has changed over the years, moving from command and control to liberalisation and most recently to an emphasis on spectrum sharing. In this article we consider why opinion shifted. Read more...