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First quarter of 2021 sees most expensive spectrum auction ever
Apr 15, 2021
by Toby Youell

The latest PolicyTracker Spectrum Database quarterly update includes a spectrum auction that raised more money than any other. The wave of expensive 3G auctions in Europe at the height of the dotcom boom has become the stuff of legend in spectrum policy circles. Germany’s 2000 auction of the 2.1 GHz… Read more...

When spectrum auctions go wrong
Apr 01, 2021
by Toby Youell

The beauty of spectrum auctions is that they force operators to put their money where their mouth is. Operators may be able to make a compelling case of why they should be assigned spectrum, and another company should be deprived of that spectrum, but auctions can "separate the wheat from… Read more...

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...

Is Asia keener than Europe on millimetre wave bands?
Feb 07, 2020
by Richard Handford

The statistics would suggest so. A new report from the European Commission’s 5G Observatory says that Italy is the only country in the 27-member European Union that has assigned spectrum in the 26 GHz band. Compare that with Asia, where South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan have awarded 26… Read more...

mmWave: the transatlantic divide
Apr 12, 2019
by Martin Sims

5G services in mmWave bands have been as popular in the US as they are unpopular in Europe. Verizon is already providing home broadband using pre-standards 5G in 28 GHz in several US cities, with AT&T following close behind. In Europe, there are plenty of mmWave trials. However, the only… Read more...

Country Research Notes now feature population density maps

Our country Research Notes have been updated and now include population density maps. Population density is a crucial factor for most wireless services: it determines how many people can receive them and so the economic viability of a product or the cost of reaching most of the population. The population density maps,… Read more...

Can regulators be as irrational as the rest of us?
Nov 26, 2018
by Richard Handford

Behavioural economics argues that consumers often reach illogical decisions, rather than always acting in their own interests. They are not the only ones. Perhaps regulators can be guilty of this as well. A paper by James Cooper of George Mason University School of Law and William Kovacic from the George… Read more...

Spectrum Research Service: L-Band is getting wider

Continuing our analysis of current mobile bands in the Spectrum Research Service, we look at the gradual progress towards extending L-Band.  Read more...

Italy’s 5G auction is over, but will the €6.5bn spectrum investment ever pay off?
Oct 03, 2018
by Manuel R. Marti

Italy's auction for 5G spectrum has exceeded everyone's expectations, netting over €6.5 billion after 14 days of intense bidding. The amount raised is more than double the country’s initial target, surpasses the €3.9 billion raised in the 4G multi-band auction held in 2011 and could be compared to 3G auctions in the… Read more...

Research update: The spectrum market in Europe’s four biggest economies

Although 26 GHz is a long term prospect for the development of new mobile services in Europe, the region’s immediate hopes are pinned on two bands: 700 MHz and 3.5 GHz. Read more...