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A tracker for Leo satellites

The hopes for radical change in the relationship between mobile and satellite are largely vested in the new generation of Low earth orbit (Leo) satellites. But how many Leo satellites have launched? How much will the constellations cost? What services will they offer? Which spectrum bands will they use? How… Read more...

The mobile reality for starstruck Leo satellite investors
May 28, 2020
by Richard Handford

The next generation of low Earth orbit (Leo) satellites may have fascinated the business community but they are a long way from offering commercial services, as our latest research shows. History may not be on their side but there is no need for despair. Read more...

New speaker for auctions webinar this Wednesday
May 25, 2020
by PolicyTracker

Professor Erik Bohlin from Chalmers University in Sweden will be joining our New Thinking on Spectrum Auctions webinar on Wednesday May 27. The webinar will consider how auctions are evolving in the light of the need to stimulate innovation and improve network investment and nationwide coverage. Professor Bohlin joins other… Read more...

New Dossier: the changing relationship between mobile and satellite
May 21, 2020
by PolicyTracker

Mobile and satellite have always been colleagues as well as competitors but the balance seems to be shifting in favour of cooperation. There are frequent complaints about mobile encroachment into satellite spectrum but in the background MNOs like Rakuten and Vodafone are hoping that satellite can move beyond occasional provision… Read more...

Webinar: New Thinking on Spectrum Auctions (May 27)
May 13, 2020
by PolicyTracker

The use of spectrum auctions was once a black-and-white issue but is now more shades of grey. For over a decade auctions have been the predominant method of assigning spectrum because they incentivised spectrum efficiency whereas beauty contests often ended in legal challenges. But in many countries policy priorities have… Read more...

O2’s legal challenge to UK auction is not a one-off

The UK's regulator has had a frustrating couple of months in its efforts to assign the 700 MHz and 3.6 - 3.8 GHz bands. For a start, the Coronavirus pandemic has made it harder to get anything done, especially something as sensitive as a spectrum auction. In response to the… Read more...

Incentive auctions: absence is as notable as presence

One of the themes in our new Spectrum Auctions Dossier is the evolution of formats. The combinatorial clock auction has declined in popularity and recent years have been mostly been notable for minor modifications of an existing approaches. But there has been one truly revolutionary development: the incentive auction. The… Read more...

A new Dossier: Spectrum Auctions

Recent news about spectrum auctions has focussed on cancellations due to the COVID-19 crisis: but underlying this there are bigger issues explored in our new Spectrum Auctions Dossier.  In the past 20 years auctions have become the go-to means of assigning spectrum, but they are being questioned as never before.… Read more...

Policy Dossiers: a new addition to the Spectrum Research Service

Our Dossiers give an overview of current high-profile policy debates. We split the topic down to a handful of key issues, analysing stakeholder perspectives and identifying the key events which have shaped policy development. Each Dossier is a portal for our knowledge on the subject, highlighting new events as well… Read more...

5G in fixed bands: how did we get here and where are we going?

1992 was an eventful year. The Cold War officially ended, NAFTA was signed, and the World Administrative Radio Conference (WARC-92) identified the 1980 - 2010 MHz and 2170 - 2200 MHz bands for both the satellite and terrestrial components of Future Public Land Mobile Telecommunication Systems. These agreements were somewhat… Read more...