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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...

Don’t forget to register for next week’s 6 GHz webinar!
Jul 09, 2020
by PolicyTracker

A mobile broadband identification in 6 GHz has already emerged as one of the most contentious proposals for WRC-23 and we will be considering it in depth in our next webinar on Wednesday 15 July at 3 pm BST (4 pm CET; 10 am EDT). Our expert speakers reflect the… Read more...

Signature spectrum management course available online this year
Jul 06, 2020
by PolicyTracker

Understanding Modern Spectrum Management, which has been running since 2008, is being held online this year to accommodate the travel difficulties caused by the COVID-19 outbreak. The trainers will deliver 15 hours of online teaching, supplemented by pre-recorded sessions and additional learning materials. It will be taught in three-hour sessions… Read more...

New Dossier on spectrum refarming
Jul 02, 2020
by PolicyTracker

This week PolicyTracker publishes a new Dossier on spectrum refarming, based on research into the plans of more than 110 mobile operators . The results are available in our 2G and 3G network closures tracker, which allows you to to search search and filter the data. The Dossier includes analysis… Read more...

Regulators take fragmented approach to 5G private networks
Jun 29, 2020
by Toby Youell

Spectrum has been described as "the oxygen for the internet", but historically frequencies that are usable for mobile broadband has been only available on a nationwide basis. Realistically, only mobile operators have been able to obtain this spectrum. But as other industries try to take advantage of internet capabilities, particularly… Read more...