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New PolicyTracker Dossier on tomorrow’s spectrum challenge: drones
Nov 26, 2020
by Toby Youell

Like 5G, the promise of Unmanned Aerial Systems is seemingly endless. They can help fire fighters survey burning buildings, enable precision agriculture, and can even make e-commerce deliveries. Of course, they can assist in that most important function of modern life: taking selfies. But unlike 5G, there is no global… Read more...

Asia and Middle East spectrum course: register now for discounted price
Nov 24, 2020
by PolicyTracker

PolicyTracker’s longest-running course, Understanding Modern Spectrum Management, boasts some of the leading thinkers in the field and the early bird price is available if you book by Thursday this week. It is taught in live and interactive three-hour sessions with trainers including Professors Martin Cave, William Webb and Gerard Pogorel,… Read more...

Which countries have met the EU’s 5G deadline?
Nov 20, 2020
by Manuel R. Marti

Many think of cold, snow-covered Finland and warm, sunny Italy as very different countries. Perhaps it is not surprising that their spectrum auctions have produced very different outcomes. Over the years, the home of Nokia has gained a reputation for carrying out affordable and exemplary spectrum assignments. When Finnish incumbent… Read more...

The mine for HAPS spectrum is the ITU-R
Nov 11, 2020
by Toby Youell

One of the evergreen topics of radio spectrum management is the extent to which the ITU-R is relevant to radio spectrum management. FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly, for example, would waste no opportunity to disparage the UN-affiliated international body, including in the final speech he gave as FCC Commissioner. Political support for… Read more...

Understanding Modern Spectrum Management: video extract
Nov 09, 2020
by PolicyTracker

A preview of presentations from our signature course. Read more...

Watch a video of our signature spectrum management course
Nov 09, 2020
by PolicyTracker

PolicyTracker’s longest-running course, Understanding Modern Spectrum Management, boasts some of the leading thinkers in the field and you can get a flavour of the content in our new video. It is taught in live and interactive three-hour sessions with trainers including Professors Martin Cave, William Webb and Gerard Pogorel, as… Read more...

How do we regulate spectrum in the stratosphere?
Nov 06, 2020
by Toby Youell

The frontiers of useful and valuable spectrum, we are told, are constantly moving upwards. A visitor from 2010, for example, might be shocked by Thai mobile operators paying $375 million for the 26 GHz band, or their South Korean counterparts paying $550 million for the 28 GHz band. The same,… Read more...

Spectrum auctions resume and the value of 3.5 GHz is confirmed
Oct 29, 2020
by Toby Youell

After a COVID-19 hiatus, regulators have resumed the business of awarding spectrum. Our newly updated PolicyTracker Spectrum Database (PSD) now takes into account key 5G awards in a further 10 countries, as well as several changes to assignments for other reasons. The update includes four auctions of the low-band 5G… Read more...

7-11 December: signature spectrum management course being held online
Oct 27, 2020
by PolicyTracker

PolicyTracker’s longest-running course, Understanding Modern Spectrum Management is being held on 7-11 December with a schedule designed to fit time zones in Asia and the Middle East, starting at 10 am Dubai / 2 pm Singapore / 3 pm Tokyo / 5 pm Sydney. It will be taught in live three-hour… Read more...

New PolicyTracker Dossier tackles HAPS and their need for spectrum
Oct 22, 2020
by Toby Youell

The former Director of the ITU-R, Francois Rancy, told a conference six years ago that a key challenge in spectrum management is that you need to plan far into the future. WRC-92, for example, established the mobile broadband bands that were only popularised with the advent of the iPhone almost… Read more...