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The mobile reality for starstruck Leo satellite investors
May 28, 2020
by Richard Handford

The next generation of low Earth orbit (Leo) satellites may have fascinated the business community but they are a long way from offering commercial services, as our latest research shows. History may not be on their side but there is no need for despair. Read more...

Singapore and New Zealand turn away from auctions
May 26, 2020
by Richard Handford

The two Asia-Pacific countries recently awarded spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band without using an auction, albeit for different reasons. Read more...

Are the satellite and mobile industries on the cusp of a new alignment?
May 22, 2020
by Richard Handford

Mobile's desire to find new markets by connecting the unconnected is reshaping its relationship with satellite. But are the economics of the space industry sufficiently transformed to revolutionise rural coverage? Read more...

Australia shows how 5G can substitute for fixed broadband
May 20, 2020
by Richard Handford

The country’s three mobile operators are either using 5G as an alternative to the fixed broadband monopoly run by the state-owned National Broadband Network (NBN) or are considering doing so. Read more...

Hong Kong MNOs joined in opposition but divergent in response to 5G restrictions
May 06, 2020
by Richard Handford

Hong Kong’s four mobile network operators (MNOs) are united in their dislike of the territory’s 5G restriction zones but have taken different approaches to work around the local bans. Read more...

Leo Satellite Tracker
May 01, 2020
by Richard Handford

These Tracker summarises progress in the deployment of next generation low earth orbit (Leo) global satellite systems. The first table covers mobile broadband projects and the second charts progress in offering other services such as IoT and earth observation. Read more...

Satellite industry yearns for role in 5G infrastructure
May 01, 2020
by Richard Handford

WRC-19 was a boost for the satellite industry's 5G ambitions, enhancing its ability to offer broadband to cars, planes and trains. Delivering 5G rural broadband and LTE private networks is the subject of several new satellite ventures. Read more...

More unlicensed spectrum needed to counter impact of COVID-19, says ITU-related body
Apr 23, 2020
by Richard Handford

Asian governments need to delicense the 6 GHz, 60 GHz and 70 GHz bands for Wi-Fi and backhaul as a priority, said Bharat Bhatia, president of ITU-APT Foundation of India, during a PolicyTracker webinar. Read more...

The use case for millimetre waves as a long range fixed-wireless service
Apr 23, 2020
by Richard Handford

Australia’s state-owned wholesale broadband provider NBN has been trialling the 26 and 28 GHz bands over long ranges (approximately 10km) as a possible upgrade to its existing fixed-wireless service. The company’s trial, and those of its technology partners, provide “high levels of confidence” that this approach would allow NBN to… Read more...

Back to the 90s: lessons from the past
Apr 22, 2020
by Richard Handford

Previous Low Earth Orbit satellite ventures have led to huge corporate collapses. Can the new Leos like OneWeb, Space Mobile and Lynk overcome the challenges? Read more...