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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...

10 days to go to WRC-19
Oct 18, 2019
by Jonathan Watson

The man who will be running the show at WRC-19, Amr Badawi, says he is looking forward to a few weeks of sun, sand, sea and spectrum in Sharm El Sheikh. There are now just 10 days to go until it all gets underway. PolicyTracker's very own Manuel Marti will… Read more...

Countries are moving away from national exclusive licences for 5G frequencies
Oct 17, 2019
by Toby Youell

Countries around the world are making spectrum available for 5G services, partly in the hope of enabling "vertical" applications. But rather than continue to award spectrum on a nationwide-exclusive basis, more and more regulators are considering alternative approaches such as localised and/or shared spectrum access models. In the last year,… Read more...

5G verticals
Oct 11, 2019
by Toby Youell

This year we have published a six-section “Spectrum 101” that sets out the fundamentals of modern spectrum management. This week we turn out attention to 5G verticals - the idea that the next generation of mobile networks will focus on industrial applications, rather than the mass consumer market. This widespread… Read more...

How national approaches to spectrum policy evolved in the past year
Oct 09, 2019
by Toby Youell

The last year has seen 5G become a reality in many countries, as national regulators have made significant progress in making spectrum available for 5G. Regulators have also found ways to share and/or liberalise spectrum, have continued their focus on coverage obligations, and have secured new market entry in their… Read more...