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10 days to go to WRC-19
Oct 18, 2019
by Jonathan Watson

The man who will be running the show at WRC-19, Amr Badawi, says he is looking forward to a few weeks of sun, sand, sea and spectrum in Sharm El Sheikh. There are now just 10 days to go until it all gets underway. PolicyTracker's very own Manuel Marti will… Read more...

Countries are moving away from national exclusive licences for 5G frequencies
Oct 17, 2019
by Toby Youell

Countries around the world are making spectrum available for 5G services, partly in the hope of enabling "vertical" applications. But rather than continue to award spectrum on a nationwide-exclusive basis, more and more regulators are considering alternative approaches such as localised and/or shared spectrum access models. In the last year,… Read more...

5G verticals
Oct 11, 2019
by Toby Youell

This year we have published a six-section “Spectrum 101” that sets out the fundamentals of modern spectrum management. This week we turn out attention to 5G verticals - the idea that the next generation of mobile networks will focus on industrial applications, rather than the mass consumer market. This widespread… Read more...

How national approaches to spectrum policy evolved in the past year
Oct 09, 2019
by Toby Youell

The last year has seen 5G become a reality in many countries, as national regulators have made significant progress in making spectrum available for 5G. Regulators have also found ways to share and/or liberalise spectrum, have continued their focus on coverage obligations, and have secured new market entry in their… Read more...

Our take on 5G spectrum
Oct 04, 2019
by Toby Youell

This autumn we are publishing a six-section "Spectrum 101" that sets out the fundamentals of modern spectrum management. This week we put the focus on 5G. Our note summarises global approaches to making spectrum available for the emerging mobile technology. Our take is that the current 4G low- and mid-bands… Read more...

All 5G entries in Research Service updated

The 5G section of our research service now focusses on possible new 5G bands, rather than those which are already in use or already assigned, such as 26 GHz or 28 GHz, which now appear in the current mobile bands section. The possible 5G bands are listed below and there… Read more...

mmWave bands may not be the answer in lower ARPU Asian countries
Sep 25, 2019
by Richard Handford

Watch any presentation made by a government official from an Asian country and 5G sounds tantalising.  Their powerpoint slides frequently use terms like "industrial revolution 4.0" and explain how their country will be a prime beneficiary from early adoption as applications such as smart factories powered by mmWave band-based networks… Read more...

Which new frequency bands will support 5G?
Sep 25, 2019
by Toby Youell

5G networks are expected to use many bands that were previously allocated to - albeit not necessarily used by - 4G networks. But the next generation of wireless technology will also open up completely new frequencies for mobile networks. Many of these potential new 5G bands are in mmWaves where… Read more...

Spectrum auctions: a rise and partial fall?
Sep 20, 2019
by Toby Youell

At PolicyTracker we regularly publish research reports on current spectrum topics. But this autumn, we are also revisiting core tenets of spectrum management in a six-section "Spectrum 101". This week we are looking at spectrum assignments; specifically the rise and partial fall of spectrum auctions. Our take is that the 1990s and… Read more...

Six key trends in current mobile bands
Sep 18, 2019
by Toby Youell

Radio spectrum policy is often discussed in the context of "winning" the race to 5G, or at least ensuring that consumers will not end up losing out on some of its promised benefits. But 4G and 2G services, and to a lesser extent 3G services, continue to deliver substantial benefits… Read more...