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Chinese support would boost 700 MHz across Asia
Apr 05, 2019
by Richard Handford

China appears to be getting closer to releasing the 700 MHz band for mobile use. The benefits of the band for mobile broadband, including rural and in-building coverage, are well documented. Chinese support, as well as making 700 MHz available domestically, would enable neighbouring Hong Kong and Macau to move ahead… Read more...

Asian countries make progress on IMT spectrum but still “could do better”
Apr 03, 2019
by Richard Handford

The amount of spectrum in Asia identified for mobile use has increased over the last five years and so has the amount harmonised and subsequently licensed by regulators, according to a study by LS telcom.  Read more...

China suggests 6 GHz as a possible 5G band
Apr 01, 2019
by Richard Handford

The country's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has floated the idea that 5925-6425 MHz and 6425-7125 MHz could be used for mobile by industry verticals.  Read more...

South Korea (2019)
Mar 13, 2019
by Richard Handford

A mobile broadband pioneer, South Korea completed a major spectrum auction in 2018, but has no medium-term plans for future awards. Read more...

Three Hong Kong to pass on mmWave spectrum – for now
Mar 11, 2019
by Richard Handford

One of the territory’s incumbent operators has passed up the chance to bid for spectrum in the 26 GHz and 28 GHz bands - a situation that may also arise in other countries in the early stages of 5G. Read more...

New Zealand to auction 3.5 GHz band for 5G early in 2020; spectrum available late 2022
Mar 04, 2019
by Richard Handford

New Zealand's government has revealed how it will assign spectrum in the 3.5 GHz band. It has decided not to use a previously considered option of sharing auction proceeds with the band’s occupants, citing “practical difficulties”.  Read more...

Japanese operators vie for lower band 5G spectrum
Feb 07, 2019
by Richard Handford

Japan’s forthcoming spectrum award will be the first for 5G decided by a beauty contest rather than an auction. This is not the only thing that makes it unusual.  Read more...

Vietnam tests 5G, touts commercial launch in 2020 or 2021
Feb 01, 2019
by Richard Handford

State-owned Viettel last week became the first of the country’s operators to receive a trial 5G licence and radio frequencies, but its lofty ambitions face spectrum limitations and other obstacles.  Read more...

Reliance Jio Infocomm – the one-off that can be repeated
Jan 29, 2019
by Richard Handford

The Indian operator is frequently name-checked as a model for successfully breaking into a mobile market with its straight-to-4G, data-only strategy. But Reliance Jio Infocomm looks like a one-off: finding another visionary, billionaire backer like Mukesh Ambani, willing to invest a significant chunk of his capital in spectrum and infrastructure… Read more...

UK and India offer contrasting spectrum trading experiences
Jan 16, 2019
by Richard Handford

A deal to swap spectrum between Telefonica and Vodafone in the UK received regulatory encouragement, while India's Reliance Jio Infocomm and RCom were given the cold shoulder. However, both situations indicate trading is on the rise.  Read more...