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Operators chart converging spectrum paths to 5G
Dec 12, 2019
by Toby Youell

The mobile industry often congratulates itself for creating a unified standard for 5G that is defined by 3GPP. This drives economies of scale and avoids the technology fragmentation that undermined previous generations of mobile technology. But when it comes to spectrum strategies, the initial approaches of leading operators were quite… Read more...

Save the date: our next spectrum training course starts on 20 April
Dec 12, 2019
by PolicyTracker

Understanding Modern Spectrum Management, being held in Central London from 20-23 April, is an ideal opportunity to examine the latest policy and technical questions. For newcomers to the field it will bring you up to speed; for experienced practitioners it is a chance to examine the implications of recent developments… Read more...

Why OTT players care about spectrum

Perhaps the most spectacular aspect of spectrum policy is the spectrum auction. They involve large amounts of money changing hands and create "winners" and "losers". Operators and regulators spend a lot of resources making sure they get what they need from these events, and preparations for them often dominate spectrum… Read more...

WRC-19 breaking news: delegates have reached an initial agreement on 5G bands
Nov 21, 2019
by PolicyTracker

Manuel Marti is in Sharm el-Sheikh and has written this excellent article. Yet to be confirmed in the plenary but it seems the basis for a deal is there.   Read more...

Telecoms renationalisation: it’s official, economic liberalism is in decline
Nov 15, 2019
by Martin Sims

In the UK, the Labour Party's shock announcement of a part-renationalisation of BT is the strongest sign yet of wider political shifts with major industry implications. Read more...

Why the mobile industry cares about WRC-19
Nov 13, 2019
by Toby Youell

WRC-19, an international conference in an Egyptian beach resort, is attracting attention from some of the world's most important figures in politics and business. Even US President Donald Trump wrote a letter to delegates explaining its importance for 5G. Our annual update to our profiles of mobile vendors' spectrum policies… Read more...

Spectrum management and policy e-book now available for download

In the past few months, we have tried to explain how spectrum management and policy has evolved in the past 100 years, why some approaches have become dominant and set out today's "hot button" policy issues. The result is our new e-book: Spectrum management and policy which is now available for download. It… Read more...

Satellite industry focusses on WRC-19
Nov 06, 2019
by Toby Youell

Spectrum managers from all countries and industries are currently gathered at the Egyptian beach resort of Sharm El-Sheikh to amend the Radio Regulations, the treaty governing the international use of spectrum. The satellite industry is perhaps more dependent on global harmonisation than any other, and its spectrum policy advocates are… Read more...

Large portion of recent assignments come from a surprising source
Oct 30, 2019
by Toby Youell

It's not spectrum auctions that have produced most of the updates in this quarter's PolicyTracker Spectrum Database (PSD). The last quarter of 2019 saw 817.4 MHz of new or changed assignments, but roughly only a quarter (220 MHz) of these came from new awards. Although regulators around the world are… Read more...

Regulators’ recent actions defy industry calls for consolidation
Oct 23, 2019
by Toby Youell

The mobile industry can perhaps be forgiven for feeling hard done by these days. Regulators not only expect them to invest large amounts of money to build 5G networks but also to keep retail prices low. At the same time, governments call on them to do their bit in winning… Read more...