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It’s too early to dismiss spectrum sharing
Nov 17, 2022
by Jonathan Watson

In 2022, the status of spectrum sharing approaches remains highly fragmented. There is a patchwork of bespoke national approaches that generally depend on specific bands and scenarios. One of those approaches, which we tackled in depth in our recent updates to our spectrum sharing dossier, is CBRS. That came under… Read more...

Book now to save on our valuation, auctions and spectrum policy courses
Nov 16, 2022
by PolicyTracker

Register now for our December online training aimed at Asia and the Middle East and you can claim a 15% early bird discount. We are holding separate courses on spectrum valuation and spectrum auctions as well as our signature five day training:  Understanding Modern Spectrum Management. The courses start at… Read more...

The telecoms industry has kept going green in 2022
Nov 10, 2022
by Jonathan Watson

Telecoms firms used to think about the colour green only when they wanted a green light for a huge merger deal. Times have changed. The telecoms sector was one of the first industries to commit to the UN sustainable development goals in 2016. Telecoms firms are working hard to reduce… Read more...

Training courses aimed at Asia and Middle East being held in December
Nov 06, 2022
by PolicyTracker

This December PolicyTracker is holding online training courses with timings suited to the Asian and Middle Eastern markets. They all start at 9 am Dubai/1 pm Singapore /2 pm Japan /4 pm Sydney. Details of the three courses are given below: Valuing the Spectrum 6-7 December  A two day course… Read more...

New CBRS research notes added
Nov 03, 2022
by Jonathan Watson

It was a big day for spectrum sharing when US regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) opened the 3.5 GHz CBRS spectrum band to commercial operations. The band is unique in that it's shared among unlicensed users, licensed users, and the US Navy. Companies such as Helium, Dish Network and… Read more...

Changing priorities in spectrum auctions
Oct 24, 2022
by Jonathan Watson

Are auctions still the best way to assign spectrum? Many people have doubts. Gerald Pogorel, for example, Professor Emeritus at Télécom Paris, told us earlier this year that auctions were well suited to opening up mobile markets that are still dominated by one incumbent. However, apart from that, their benefits… Read more...

India’s huge 5G auction dominates in recent spectrum assignments
Oct 19, 2022
by Richard Haas

The latest iteration of the PolicyTracker spectrum database has recorded auctions involving over 3600 MHz of spectrum. A total of eight awards were recorded in seven different countries. Read more...

What will emerge from the 6G melting pot?
Oct 14, 2022
by Jonathan Watson

Consumers may still be coming to terms with 5G, but the telecoms industry is not hanging about—work on 6G is well underway. Samsung, for example, has just launched a 6G research group in the UK. The company said it would be part of a wider global 6G development project including… Read more...

Open RAN movement gathers pace
Oct 07, 2022
by Jonathan Watson

Open RAN may now have passed the "peak of inflated expectations" stage of the Gartner hype cycle but there are still no suggestions of a "trough of disillusionment". As our newly updated Open RAN dossier shows, the movement is gaining traction. There's support from greenfield operators (Rakuten in Japan, Dish… Read more...

UAS dossier updated for 2022
Sep 26, 2022
by Jonathan Watson

Are unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) ready for take-off? According to our updated UAS dossier, the answer is yes, but a lack of clear rules is keeping them on the ground. In 2022, two key barriers remain—slow progress in developing regulations and standards for beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) UAS… Read more...