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Don’t drag your feet over litigation, Ofcom tells MNOs
Sep 05, 2017
by Kane Mumford

The regulator told PolicyTracker it is not currently considering releasing 2.3 GHz ahead of the eventual release of 3.4 GHz, as requested by O2. Read more...

Deutsche Telekom trials 5G NR in 3.7 GHz band
Sep 04, 2017
by Kane Mumford

Deutsche Telekom (DT) and Huawei claim they achieved 2 Gbps throughput with three millisecond latency. Read more...

ETSI standards group saw attempted takeover
Sep 01, 2017
by Kane Mumford

The attempt to take control of the Broadband Radio Area Networks (BRAN) group at ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute), a forum for the Wi-Fi and mobile sectors, was made earlier this year following a decision by the group's chair. Read more...

Prototype app can make spectrum visible
Aug 30, 2017
by Dugie Standeford

"HertzViz," an open-data app developed during a May hackathon sponsored by French spectrum regulator ANFR, makes some frequencies visible in order to help construction companies avoid blocking telecoms and internet communications with their equipment. Read more...

Council of the EU drops 25-year licences from ECC proposal
Aug 29, 2017
by Kane Mumford

The Estonian presidency of the Council of the EU has asked member states to submit alternative proposals next week. The Radio Spectrum Policy Group is also being proposed as an opinion-giving body on national spectrum awards. Read more...

Spectrum sharing is key building block for 5G, white paper says
Aug 25, 2017
by Dugie Standeford

5G offers "great opportunities" for mobile operators and other businesses to use shared and unlicensed spectrum for innovative deployment scenarios, a 5G Americas white paper says. If one idea is to self-deploy 5G along the lines of Wi-Fi, however, it's unclear who would be interested, said one telecoms consultant. Read more...

Ukraine’s regulator decides on LTE spectrum prices ahead of awards
Aug 24, 2017
by Jaroslaw Adamowski

Ukraine’s telecoms regulator NKRZI is planning to assign spectrum in the 1800 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands, with both award processes due to launch by the end of 2017. Read more...

Large carrier bandwidth for 5G is “a red herring”, says chair of Small Cell Forum
Aug 23, 2017
by Kane Mumford

PolicyTracker spoke to David Orloff, chair of the Small Cell Forum and director of AT&T's radio access networks product introduction group, about small cells, 4G and 5G. Read more...

UK operator demands major changes to 5G spectrum auction
Aug 22, 2017
by Kane Mumford

As BT/EE threatens to join rival operator Three in launching a legal challenge to the auction plan, PolicyTracker has learned that BT/EE's chief executive asked the head of UK regulator Ofcom to release the entire 3.4-3.8 GHz band as early as next year. Read more...

Fate of US spectrum bills could rest with House of Representatives
Aug 21, 2017
by Dugie Standeford

Five spectrum-related measures are pending in Congress. Yet despite Senate interest in pushing what is generally seen as bipartisan legislation, there are questions about whether House Republicans will play ball. Read more...