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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...

The mine for HAPS spectrum is the ITU-R
Nov 11, 2020
by Toby Youell

One of the evergreen topics of radio spectrum management is the extent to which the ITU-R is relevant to radio spectrum management. FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly, for example, would waste no opportunity to disparage the UN-affiliated international body, including in the final speech he gave as FCC Commissioner. Political support for… Read more...

Understanding Modern Spectrum Management: video extract
Nov 09, 2020
by PolicyTracker

A preview of presentations from our signature course. Read more...

Watch a video of our signature spectrum management course
Nov 09, 2020
by PolicyTracker

PolicyTracker’s longest-running course, Understanding Modern Spectrum Management, boasts some of the leading thinkers in the field and you can get a flavour of the content in our new video. It is taught in live and interactive three-hour sessions with trainers including Professors Martin Cave, William Webb and Gerard Pogorel, as… Read more...

How do we regulate spectrum in the stratosphere?
Nov 06, 2020
by Toby Youell

The frontiers of useful and valuable spectrum, we are told, are constantly moving upwards. A visitor from 2010, for example, might be shocked by Thai mobile operators paying $375 million for the 26 GHz band, or their South Korean counterparts paying $550 million for the 28 GHz band. The same,… Read more...

Spectrum auctions resume and the value of 3.5 GHz is confirmed
Oct 29, 2020
by Toby Youell

After a COVID-19 hiatus, regulators have resumed the business of awarding spectrum. Our newly updated PolicyTracker Spectrum Database (PSD) now takes into account key 5G awards in a further 10 countries, as well as several changes to assignments for other reasons. The update includes four auctions of the low-band 5G… Read more...

7-11 December: signature spectrum management course being held online
Oct 27, 2020
by PolicyTracker

PolicyTracker’s longest-running course, Understanding Modern Spectrum Management is being held on 7-11 December with a schedule designed to fit time zones in Asia and the Middle East, starting at 10 am Dubai / 2 pm Singapore / 3 pm Tokyo / 5 pm Sydney. It will be taught in live three-hour… Read more...

New PolicyTracker Dossier tackles HAPS and their need for spectrum
Oct 22, 2020
by Toby Youell

The former Director of the ITU-R, Francois Rancy, told a conference six years ago that a key challenge in spectrum management is that you need to plan far into the future. WRC-92, for example, established the mobile broadband bands that were only popularised with the advent of the iPhone almost… Read more...

A reason for optimism about sustainability: 6G
Oct 14, 2020
by Toby Youell

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030 appeared optimistic. Extreme poverty, for example, is to be eradicated, while everyone will also have access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy.  And while the pandemic appears to have reversed progress towards these goals, there is reason… Read more...

Greening spectrum policy webinar: recording and presentations now available
Oct 12, 2020
by PolicyTracker

If you missed yesterday's Greening spectrum policy webinar a recording is now available to watch on our webinars archive, where the presentations can also be downloaded. It was a fascinating discussion, featuring presentations from Pernilla Bergmark, Ericsson principal researcher for sustainability and co-chair of the ITU’s group on climate change… Read more...