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PolicyTracker’s signature spectrum management course offers Asian edition
Aug 07, 2020
by PolicyTracker

PolicyTracker's longest-running course, Understanding Modern Spectrum Management, is being held for a second time this autumn with a schedule designed to fit time zones in Asia and the Middle East. This second course is being held on 19-23 October and starts at 10 am Dubai / 2 pm Singapore /… Read more...

Now available online: Competition in Mobile Markets course
Aug 07, 2020
by PolicyTracker

This year, all PolicyTracker's courses are available online, including a new Understanding Modern Spectrum Management course with timings to suit the Asian and Middle Eastern Markets. Regulating Competition in Mobile Markets is also online, giving a thorough background in competition policy, explaining the latest approaches and how these evolved. It… Read more...

What is the US Republican Party’s view on spectrum policy?
Aug 07, 2020
by Toby Youell

FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly has long championed conservative causes in US spectrum policy. His dogged advocacy for reform of the CBRS framework for the 3550—3700 MHz band, for example, led to significant changes that have made it easier for the big mobile operators to gain priority access to the band.  A… Read more...

Spectrum Sharing in Asia webinar (19 August)
Jul 30, 2020
by Richard Handford

What's going on with spectrum sharing in Asia? Already there have been several exciting examples across the region to discuss, including China’s decision this year to license the 3.3 GHz band on a shared basis. Our speakers will look at whether the region will take its own distinct path. Included… Read more...

Only one spectrum auction took place in Q2 2020
Jul 29, 2020
by Toby Youell

The latest iteration of the PolicyTracker Spectrum Database (PSD) takes into account changes to less than 5500 MHz of spectrum worldwide since March 2020—about half the amount recorded in Q1 2020. Unusually, none of these changes arose from auctions of spectrum below 6 GHz. The slowdown in assignments is particularly… Read more...

Don’t miss tomorrow’s 6G webinar!
Jul 28, 2020
by PolicyTracker

What will 6G networks look like? How will they differ from 5G? What are the 6G use cases? What are the implications for regulators? Do we need policy changes to harness the potential of the THz bands? It's early in the research process but our panel of experts for 6G:… Read more...

6G and terahertz spectrum: new Research Note and free webinar
Jul 21, 2020
by Toby Youell

In the early 2010s, as 4G networks were being rolled out globally, while a few maverick researchers dreamed that 5G might use frequencies above 6 GHz, perhaps even "mmWaves" such as 28 GHz. It's a similar situation now. As of 2020, 5G networks are being deployed and some researchers are… Read more...

6 GHz webinar: watch the recording and download the presentations
Jul 16, 2020
by PolicyTracker

Yesterday's webinar, The 6 GHz Debate, was an excellent opportunity to hear a wide range of expert viewpoints on the WRC-23 proposal to introduce an IMT identification in the band. It included detailed presentations from supporters such as the GSMA and Ericsson; those opposed such as the WiFi Alliance and… Read more...

Seven reasons why operators are backing dynamic spectrum sharing
Jul 10, 2020
by Catherine Viola

Dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS) is being hyped as a key technology for mobile operators to deploy from 2020. Using DSS, they can run 5G and LTE at the same time in the same spectrum band, without the headaches associated with traditional refarming methods. In this blog, we look at why… Read more...

5G deployments to benefit from dynamic spectrum sharing
Jul 09, 2020
by Toby Youell

Traditional spectrum refarming methods can be costly and time-consuming. But in the absence of limitless new greenfield spectrum, some refarming can benefit the deployment of a new generation of mobile technology. According to a new research note, many operators are avoiding the headaches of static refarming by using new Dynamic… Read more...