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Is Asia keener than Europe on millimetre wave bands?
Feb 07, 2020
by Richard Handford

The statistics would suggest so. A new report from the European Commission’s 5G Observatory says that Italy is the only country in the 27-member European Union that has assigned spectrum in the 26 GHz band. Compare that with Asia, where South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan have awarded 26… Read more...

Japanese mobile operator aims for commercial launch of 6G by 2030
Feb 03, 2020
by Richard Handford

Even though Japan's NTT Docomo is still several months away from a commercial launch of 5G, it is already forecasting a 6G debut by 2030 on the basis that the generational cycle in mobile technology is approximately 10 years.  Read more...

Malaysia springs a surprise with support for single shared 5G network
Jan 28, 2020
by Richard Handford

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), the country's regulator, caused a stir by proposing a single, shared 5G network, following a consultation that did not mention such an approach.  Read more...

“Unexpected” auction results propel Taiwan to the top of the 3.5 GHz pricing table
Jan 23, 2020
by Richard Handford

Taiwan staged the most expensive contest seen so far for 3.5 GHz - the premium band for 5G around the world - when measured on a comparable basis.  Read more...

Japan’s cable TV operators sign up for local 5G
Jan 20, 2020
by Richard Handford

Leading Japanese conglomerate Sumitomo and five of the country’s cable TV operators have formed a consortium to build local 5G networks.  Read more...

India’s ailing state-backed operators to receive spectrum worth billions of dollars
Jan 17, 2020
by Richard Handford

India's government is to hand 4G spectrum to BSNL and MTNL to help them compete with privately-owned mobile operators. Read more...

New Zealand to use short term licences to resolve 3.5 GHz dilemma
Jan 08, 2020
by Richard Handford

New Zealand is to auction 5G frequencies in the 3.5 GHz band early this year although the winners are only entitled to hold the frequencies for two years, a shift from the government's previous policy.  Read more...

Thai operators are focusing on 2.6 GHz spectrum
Jan 03, 2020
by Richard Handford

It feels unusual for mobile network operators (MNOs) to be asking for less spectrum to be released rather than more, but that’s what is happening in Thailand ahead of its 5G auction in February.  Read more...

Asia gets moving on 700 MHz for 4G, 5G
Jan 02, 2020
by Richard Handford

More Asian countries are assigning the 700 MHz band for mobile broadband, although the process has taken such a long time that the frequencies are as likely to be used for 5G as they are for 4G.  Read more...

Taiwan is latest to support local 5G although with unusual band
Dec 18, 2019
by Richard Handford

Taiwan’s government has announced that the 4.8—4.9 GHz band is open to private users to test 5G services ahead of licensing in 2021—2022. Read more...