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All PolicyTracker training courses are now hybrid events
May 16, 2022
by PolicyTracker

PolicyTracker is running a full programme of training courses this autumn and they can all be attended either virtually or in person. Whether in real life or online, these are interactive events with full access to the tutors and plenty of time for questions. We use the latest high-quality AV… Read more...

New country profiles offer background to India’s mega auction
May 11, 2022
by Toby Youell

As reported this week, India is preparing to hold a mega auction of up to 104,000 MHz of spectrum across its 22 service areas, the equivalent of over 4,700 MHz of spectrum nationwide. Aside from the quantity of spectrum available, the auction is also notable for its diversity of spectrum… Read more...

Book launch on Thursday 19th: lessons learnt and key debates for spectrum policy
May 09, 2022
by PolicyTracker

The Cave review of Spectrum Management in the UK was published twenty years ago and provides the theme for the launch of our new book, The Debates Shaping Spectrum Policy. Professor Cave's study was influential in promoting spectrum liberalisation in many countries and called for the use of market mechanisms… Read more...

Viewpoint: a consultant’s reflections on his Ukrainian roots
May 06, 2022
by Kas Kalba

It has been impossible for me not to recall my visits to Ukraine during recent months. In all, I made six or seven trips there between 1989 and 2008, all but one of them for consulting gigs, as I call them. The other one was with my wife and parents,… Read more...

Which bands are being made available for private networks?
May 05, 2022
by Toby Youell

Globally, similar factors are drive growing interest in private networks. Industry and/or local communities are looking to benefit from wireless technology, and telecom companies are increasingly well-equipped to help them do so. But while the factors driving growth in private networks may be harmonised, the available spectrum is not. According… Read more...

New benchmark explains spectrum for private networks
Apr 27, 2022
by Toby Youell

Private networks, logically or physically separated from public mobile networks, have long provided valuable services to their predominantly business customers. But the last few years has seen a resurgence in these initiatives as industry seeks to digitise itself, and as the telecoms industry seeks new customers. Spectrum regulators globally, it… Read more...

PMSE usage increases as WRC-23 prepares to review UHF in Region 1
Apr 21, 2022
by Laura Sear

At WRC-23, the mobile industry will highlight the coverage benefits of mobile in the UHF band but one recent study suggests demand is increasing in Europe for PMSE spectrum—most of which is in this band. And PMSE users say the use of the 600 MHz band for mobile in the… Read more...

Five countries from four continents complete auctions in Q1 2022
Apr 14, 2022
by Toby Youell

New iteration of PolicyTracker Spectrum Database sees spectrum auction slow down  Five countries from four continents auctioned a total of 726 MHz of nationwide spectrum during Q1 2022. This includes South Africa, which sold almost all of the available spectrum in the 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 2.1 GHz, 2.6 GHz,… Read more...

Book launch: the Cave report 20 years on
Apr 14, 2022
by Martin Sims

The Cave review of Spectrum Management in the UK - published in 2002 - was instrumental in ushering in a new  era. It recommended the use of market mechanisms like auctions, trading and incentive pricing which have been widely adopted in many countries. Professor Cave is one of the contributors… Read more...

MTN sees Open RAN as the key to 5G
Apr 06, 2022
by Toby Youell

From Russia's invasion of Ukraine, to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the global economy has suffered severe shocks in the last few years. But one area of opportunity is Africa. According to the UN, a young population and improving healthcare mean that half of all population growth from now until 2050… Read more...