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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...

Satellite sector overview
Jan 28, 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...

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...

Why OTT players care about spectrum
Dec 04, 2019
by Martin Sims

Perhaps the most spectacular aspect of spectrum policy is the spectrum auction. They involve large amounts of money changing hands and create "winners" and "losers". Operators and regulators spend a lot of resources making sure they get what they need from these events, and preparations for them often dominate spectrum… 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...

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...