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Fourth operator joins Belgian market after €1.2bn multi-band auction
Jun 28, 2022
by Laura Sear

The new market player, Citymesh Mobile, secured spectrum in all the bands on offer and has joined forces with Romanian operator Digi to become a fully-fledged mobile operator. Read more...

Microsoft remains a force to be reckoned with
Jun 23, 2022
by Jonathan Watson

Out of Amazon, Apple, Google, Meta and Microsoft, there’s little doubt over which company is considered the least sexy. It’s got to be Microsoft, hasn’t it? Feels like it’s been around since the dawn of computing time. All those tedious old programs which people have been working with forever. Look… Read more...

A thriving Wi-Fi industry could sway the 6 GHz debate
Jun 20, 2022
by Richard Haas

Agenda item 1.2 of the upcoming World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-23) considers the identification of the upper 6 GHz band (6425—7025 MHz) for IMT. With over a year to go until the event, the debate over the band seems more heated than ever. UK regulator Ofcom recently faced a backlash when… Read more...

Signature spectrum training course being held on 12-16th September
Jun 17, 2022
by PolicyTracker

PolicyTracker’s longest-running spectrum training course, Understanding Modern Spectrum Management is taking place as a hybrid event on 12-16th September. Delegates can participate online or in person at the central London venue. It will be taught in live three-hour sessions with trainers including Professors Martin Cave, William Webb and Gerard Pogorel,… Read more...

What’s in a name?
Jun 16, 2022
by Jonathan Watson

As you probably know, Facebook changed its name last year. It was the second of the four OTT players we profile to do so. The group is, of course, now known as Meta. It's a similar trick to the one performed by Google, which changed its name to Alphabet in… Read more...

Spectrum regulation and the SRD market: achievements and future plans
Jun 10, 2022
by PolicyTracker

Harmonised European spectrum regulation for short range devices (SRDs) -  particularly the release of the 433, 868 and 915 MHz bands - has played a key role in the development of a vibrant market. Assessing the effectiveness of current regulation and considering future needs will be the topic for a… Read more...

When it comes to spectrum, the business of America really is business
Jun 02, 2022
by Toby Youell

US President Calvin Coolidge famously said that "the business of America is business". This is certainly the case for spectrum trading. The United States possesses the only significant spectrum market with any real liquidity. The reasons for this pro-trade culture is subject to debate. Several companies have procured spectrum from… Read more...

Auctions: what are they good for?
May 25, 2022
by Toby Youell

The usefulness of auctions is a perennial problem in spectrum management. This question emerged in last week's book launch for The Debates Shaping Spectrum Policy, and in a new country profile now available for Spectrum Research Service subscribers. Everyone seems to agree that auctions are good at revealing how much… Read more...

New country profiles reveal focus on 5G
May 19, 2022
by Toby Youell

What is the point of spectrum policy? Ask two spectrum managers and you will probably receive three answers. In four countries newly profiled by PolicyTracker the answer is clear: 5G. In Australia, China, Japan, and South Korea, the authorities appear to regulate spectrum with a clear focus on enabling the… Read more...

Don’t forget tomorrow’s book launch: 20 years since the Cave Review
May 18, 2022
by PolicyTracker

There is still time to register for the hybrid launch of our new book, The Debates Shaping Spectrum Policy. It is taking place in central London at 5 pm on Thursday May 19th and you can attend virtually or in person. The Cave Review of Spectrum Management in the UK… Read more...