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New Dossier and Research Note on mobiles and health
Apr 16, 2021
by PolicyTracker

Over the past few months PolicyTracker has published articles and organised a webinar on strategies for communicating messages about EMF (electromagnetic frequencies). Our latest Research Note considers how industry can improve its approach and is written by a corporate communications expert, Dr Mary Longhurst. This follows on from a previous… Read more...

How should we communicate messages about mobiles and health?
Apr 16, 2021
by PolicyTracker

One part of spectrum management is helping the public understand the effect that using the airwaves has on human health. The best scientific opinion tells us there is no danger if the safety limits are observed, but many people believe there is a health risk. This new PolicyTracker Dossier tries… Read more...

Anti-5G campaigns: meeting the communications challenge
Apr 16, 2021
by Mary Longhurst

How should companies and public bodies respond to the emotive messages that have made anti-5G campaigns so effective? In a previous Research Note we analysed anti-5G narratives, here corporate communications expert Dr Mary Longhurst examines existing industry messaging on 5G and considers how it can be improved. Read more...

First quarter of 2021 sees most expensive spectrum auction ever
Apr 15, 2021
by Toby Youell

The latest PolicyTracker Spectrum Database quarterly update includes a spectrum auction that raised more money than any other. The wave of expensive 3G auctions in Europe at the height of the dotcom boom has become the stuff of legend in spectrum policy circles. Germany’s 2000 auction of the 2.1 GHz… Read more...

600 MHz band research update: emerging from the trough of disillusionment?
Apr 08, 2021
by Toby Youell

WRC-15 saw the spectacle of an unstoppable force impacting an immovable object. The unstoppable force was the USA's advocacy of an IMT identification in the 600 MHz band, while the immovable object was opposition from terrestrial broadcasters that used the band. In the end, the US only persuaded a handful… Read more...

When spectrum auctions go wrong
Apr 01, 2021
by Toby Youell

The beauty of spectrum auctions is that they force operators to put their money where their mouth is. Operators may be able to make a compelling case of why they should be assigned spectrum, and another company should be deprived of that spectrum, but auctions can "separate the wheat from… Read more...

Operator profiles updated: 5G dominates operators’ spectrum activities
Mar 25, 2021
by Toby Youell

Irish mobile operators this week received the opportunity to extend their temporary spectrum licences for another three months. These licences were originally assigned as the COVID-19 pandemic escalated rapidly in Europe in early 2020. A flurry of regulators issued temporary spectrum authorisations, but normal spectrum management quickly resumed, and several… Read more...

Research note: China Mobile not concerned about lack of C-band
Mar 18, 2021
by Toby Youell

Many aspects of 5G remain open to discussion, but one area where there seems to be clarity is the general spectrum approach. Mobile operators around the world use the 600 MHz or 700 MHz bands for low-band coverage, the 26 GHz or 28 GHz for the high-band ultra-dense use cases,… Read more...

German beauty contest affirms emerging 450 MHz use case
Mar 10, 2021
by Toby Youell

One of the main advantages of spectrum auctions is that the regulator does not need to worry about the best possible use of spectrum. Rather than second-guessing what people want, auctions allow the magic of the market to put the spectrum to its best use. But the German regulator, Bundesnetzagentur,… Read more...

The power of anti-5G messages: emotion trumps the facts
Feb 18, 2021
by Toby Youell

The arson attacks on mobile masts last year, fuelled by online rumours of a link between 5G and COVID-19, demonstrated the power of campaigns against the new technology. The industry usually reacts with facts and sober analysis, but this doesn't cut through to the significant minority who continue to worry… Read more...