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Italy’s 5G bidding war pushes auction prices up to €6.5bn
Oct 04, 2018
by Manuel R. Marti

Italy’s multi-band auction for 5G frequencies became a two-week bidding battle, raising €6.5 billion for the state's coffers. That's more than double the country's target, exceeds by 164 per cent the value of initial offers, and outstrips the price paid in recent comparable tenders.  Read more...

Finnish 5G auction raises €77.6 million
Oct 03, 2018
by Manuel R. Marti

The sale of 3.5 GHz licences in Finland generated a fraction of the amount raised by similar tenders elsewhere in Europe. Read more...

UK debates support for flexible spectrum use
Oct 01, 2018
by Manuel R. Marti

Experts in the UK have been making the case for sharing spectrum in the 3.6-3.8 GHz band to ensure that 5G networks work appropriately in all use cases, including in rural and remote areas.  Read more...

Mobile industry insists 1427–1518 MHz will be an important band
Sep 28, 2018
by Toby Youell

Over 90 MHz was identified for IMT (mobile broadband) at WRC-15, so where are the spectrum awards? Read more...

London council makes a move on small cell deployment
Sep 27, 2018
by Manuel R. Marti

Westminster City Council, the local authority for the City of Westminster in central London, is working with infrastructure firm Ontix to deploy small cell nodes on street furniture (such as lampposts) to improve connectivity in some of the busiest parts of the city. Read more...

Spectrum for space weather forecasting may be protected at WRC-23
Sep 26, 2018
by Toby Youell

Scientists have launched missions to detect solar activity that could potentially paralyse modern communications, but it isn’t clear how the spectrum should be regulated for this. Read more...

Protect spectrum access systems from attacks, study says
Sep 24, 2018
by Dugie Standeford

Keeping networks safe from malicious or inadvertent attacks isn't just a matter for the online world. As new technologies enable the development of more potentially interfering devices, instances of spectrum disruption are on the rise. The UK Spectrum Policy Forum (SPF) has 10 recommendations to help spectrum users, managers and… Read more...

Blockchain-based spectrum sharing promising but raises difficult questions
Sep 20, 2018
by Dugie Standeford

It's too early to say whether using blockchain technology for spectrum management is better than conventional databases or is even feasible, but initial observations suggest that the decentralised coordination behind blockchains "seems like a strong fit for spectrum sharing," an academic paper argues. Read more...

Colombia may abolish maximised spectrum prices
Sep 19, 2018
by Toby Youell

Colombia is looking to repeal a law that forces governments to maximise the revenue they can obtain from spectrum auctions. Read more...

UK emergency services will “very quickly” use EE’s network
Sep 17, 2018
by Manuel R. Marti

A group of experts discussed the future of the UK’s emergency services network (ESN) at a recent conference and concluded that shifting to a commercial LTE network is essential to keep up with internet-based resources and coordinate efforts among emergency personnel. Read more...

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