Operator profiles fully updated for 2023

The histories of spectrum policy and the mobile industry are closely intertwined. Much of the news in radio spectrum is driven by the stakeholders with the deepest pockets: mobile operators.

| Jonathan Watson

Mobile operators’ business strategies and technology focuses vary, but they all need spectrum. How they obtain that spectrum depends on the conditions in given markets, and their general approach to spectrum policy.

Given operators’ importance to the world of spectrum policy, for the last six years we have published profiles for the biggest and most influential mobile operators. The list of profiled operators expands every year, and for 2023 we have added Bharti Airtel, Axiata and Telenor.

The profiles provide background information, recent developments, and information about the operators’ future plans with regard to spectrum policy.

The 13 other profiles have also been updated for 2023. We find a clear focus on 5G rollout, significant interest in Open RAN, research into 6G, and a focus on managing the environmental impact of operators’ activities.

These profiles are available for Spectrum Research Service subscribers here.


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