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Webinar on 3 February: getting the EMF message across
Jan 15, 2021
by PolicyTracker

Who should we use to publicise messages about EMF? Scientists, engineers or... comedians? Scientists at the World Health Organisation tell us that mobile phones carry no known health risk as long as emission limits are observed. Engineers at regulators and operators check that those limits are followed. But is a… Read more...

Auctions for 700 MHz and 3.5 GHz bands drive awards in Q4 2020
Jan 14, 2021
by Toby Youell

Changes in the new iteration of the PolicyTracker Spectrum Database were dominated by auctions in the 700 MHz and 3.5 GHz bands. These bands are becoming core 5G bands. The last three months of 2020 included 6 auctions and two beauty contests. Three of these auctions (Czechia, Cyprus, and Greece) comprised… Read more...

The shape of discussions on a possible future mid-band: 7/8 GHz
Jan 06, 2021
by Toby Youell

The FCC's ongoing auction of the 3.7 - 3.98 GHz band, which has raised $78.5 billion and counting, appears to confirm mid-bands' value for the mobile industry. So what next for the mid-bands? Another high-profile band, 6 GHz, is the subject of a worldwide fight between advocates of mobile broadband… Read more...

UAS control spectrum: industry players want to be part of the solution
Dec 17, 2020
by Toby Youell

As Unmanned Aircraft Systems grow in capabilities and popularity, it is inevitable that their control will have to be integrated into Air Traffic Management (ATM) systems. The problem is that current systems are designed for manned aircraft that are limited in number and that communicate using voice. The need for… Read more...

Unmanned Aircraft Systems may soon use mobile and satellite bands
Dec 10, 2020
by Toby Youell

A lot of spectrum will be needed to make the promise of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) a reality. In the search for bandwidth, UAS advocates are looking beyond the aviation bands discussed in last week's research note. As we explain in a new research note, two services in particular seem… Read more...

Webinar: How can we counter 5G EMF health fears?
Dec 04, 2020
by Dugie Standeford

There is no evidence that electromagnetic field radiation is a health risk if international safety standards are followed, but this hasn't stopped an explosion of conspiracy theories and scare stories about 5G. Join PolicyTracker to explore what the wireless sector can do to regain public trust. Read more...

Momentum grows for Unmanned Aircraft Systems command and control at 5030 – 5091 MHz
Dec 03, 2020
by Toby Youell

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) are going to need spectrum for many different functions. Some of these functions will be critical for their safe use, so there is a need for adequately protected spectrum to ensure the safe operation of all aircraft in international and national airspaces. Fortunately for UAS advocates,… Read more...

New PolicyTracker Dossier on tomorrow’s spectrum challenge: drones
Nov 26, 2020
by Toby Youell

Like 5G, the promise of Unmanned Aerial Systems is seemingly endless. They can help fire fighters survey burning buildings, enable precision agriculture, and can even make e-commerce deliveries. Of course, they can assist in that most important function of modern life: taking selfies. But unlike 5G, there is no global… Read more...

Asia and Middle East spectrum course: register now for discounted price
Nov 24, 2020
by PolicyTracker

PolicyTracker’s longest-running course, Understanding Modern Spectrum Management, boasts some of the leading thinkers in the field and the early bird price is available if you book by Thursday this week. It is taught in live and interactive three-hour sessions with trainers including Professors Martin Cave, William Webb and Gerard Pogorel,… Read more...

Which countries have met the EU’s 5G deadline?
Nov 20, 2020
by Manuel R. Marti

Many think of cold, snow-covered Finland and warm, sunny Italy as very different countries. Perhaps it is not surprising that their spectrum auctions have produced very different outcomes. Over the years, the home of Nokia has gained a reputation for carrying out affordable and exemplary spectrum assignments. When Finnish incumbent… Read more...