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Our take on 5G spectrum
Oct 04, 2019
by Toby Youell

This autumn we are publishing a six-section "Spectrum 101" that sets out the fundamentals of modern spectrum management. This week we put the focus on 5G. Our note summarises global approaches to making spectrum available for the emerging mobile technology. Our take is that the current 4G low- and mid-bands… Read more...

All 5G entries in Research Service updated

The 5G section of our research service now focusses on possible new 5G bands, rather than those which are already in use or already assigned, such as 26 GHz or 28 GHz, which now appear in the current mobile bands section. The possible 5G bands are listed below and there… Read more...

mmWave bands may not be the answer in lower ARPU Asian countries
Sep 25, 2019
by Richard Handford

Watch any presentation made by a government official from an Asian country and 5G sounds tantalising.  Their powerpoint slides frequently use terms like "industrial revolution 4.0" and explain how their country will be a prime beneficiary from early adoption as applications such as smart factories powered by mmWave band-based networks… Read more...

Which new frequency bands will support 5G?
Sep 25, 2019
by Toby Youell

5G networks are expected to use many bands that were previously allocated to - albeit not necessarily used by - 4G networks. But the next generation of wireless technology will also open up completely new frequencies for mobile networks. Many of these potential new 5G bands are in mmWaves where… Read more...

Spectrum auctions: a rise and partial fall?
Sep 20, 2019
by Toby Youell

At PolicyTracker we regularly publish research reports on current spectrum topics. But this autumn, we are also revisiting core tenets of spectrum management in a six-section "Spectrum 101". This week we are looking at spectrum assignments; specifically the rise and partial fall of spectrum auctions. Our take is that the 1990s and… Read more...

Six key trends in current mobile bands
Sep 18, 2019
by Toby Youell

Radio spectrum policy is often discussed in the context of "winning" the race to 5G, or at least ensuring that consumers will not end up losing out on some of its promised benefits. But 4G and 2G services, and to a lesser extent 3G services, continue to deliver substantial benefits… Read more...

Updated band profiles
Sep 11, 2019
by Toby Youell

The profiles of mobile bands in our Spectrum Research Services have been updated to take into account developments over the past year. These include auctions and regulatory decisions at the national, regional, and global level, as well as important industry initiatives. In contrast to the technology's early focus on mmWave… Read more...

Valuation and auctions courses: a few places still remaining
Aug 25, 2019
by Training blog

This month don't miss our Valuing the Spectrum course immediately followed by the Spectrum Auctions Masterclass at the same central London venue. These two day courses are essential for anyone involved in buying or selling spectrum licences and there is a discount for booking them together. Valuing the Spectrum is on 15-16 October, and… Read more...

WRC-19 report updated: areas of agreement and unresolved issues
Aug 16, 2019
by Toby Youell

With four months to go until WRC-19, where do we stand now? What has happened since the report we published last year? The ITU World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRCs) are hugely important. They set the pattern for how spectrum will be used globally. The WRC-19 agenda, for example, includes choosing the bands for mmWave 5G.… Read more...

Oxford spectrum course: book this week for best value prices!
Aug 12, 2019
by Training blog

Our long-running Understanding Modern Spectrum Management course is being held in Oxford on 16-19 September and you can save £250 by booking this week.  The course  gives a comprehensive overview of the technical principles of spectrum management as well as tracing the developments which underly the emerging 5G policy environment. The… Read more...