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Are more MNOs starting to consider shared mobile networks?
Feb 04, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

An increasing number of mobile operators are proposing a pragmatic solution for the lack of investment in 5G and high network rollout costs: sharing networks.  Read more...

Vietnam tests 5G, touts commercial launch in 2020 or 2021
Feb 01, 2019
by Richard Handford

State-owned Viettel last week became the first of the country’s operators to receive a trial 5G licence and radio frequencies, but its lofty ambitions face spectrum limitations and other obstacles.  Read more...

UK regulator seeks to make spectrum sharing easier in mobile bands
Jan 31, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

UK regulator Ofcom has proposed new measures to facilitate spectrum sharing in mobile bands, authorising third parties to “exploit” unused awarded spectrum.   Read more...

Brussels urges EU member states to accelerate 5G spectrum assignments
Jan 29, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

The head of DG Connect, which is part of the European Commission, has branded Europe’s current assignment of 5G spectrum “unacceptable” and urged countries to make more frequencies available.  Read more...

US regulator completes its first mmWave 5G auction
Jan 25, 2019
by Toby Youell

In the world’s second auction for the mmWave 5G frequencies, the 28 GHz band achieved more than double the value seen in Korea last year. Read more...

Japanese MNO says many partners misunderstand 5G
Jan 23, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

A senior figure at Japanese mobile operator NTT Docomo has told a Brussels conference that many of the carrier's partners "have a misunderstanding of 5G”.  Read more...

Europe hoping to overcome C-band satellite interference
Jan 21, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

There has been a clear push by national regulators across Europe to release 3.5 GHz spectrum. However, mobile deployments in the region’s primary capacity band for 5G could be at risk due to potential satellite interference from neighbouring countries and military services.  Read more...

Switzerland to switch off DTT in June
Jan 18, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

Switzerland will be the first European country to completely switch off free-to-air digital terrestrial television (DTT).  Read more...

When will 5G take hold in Africa?
Jan 17, 2019
by Manuel R. Marti

Although 5G is not yet widely available, equipment maker Ericsson seems optimistic about its potential to support multiple use cases in Africa. But is the continent ready for the transition?  Read more...

UK and India offer contrasting spectrum trading experiences
Jan 16, 2019
by Richard Handford

A deal to swap spectrum between Telefonica and Vodafone in the UK received regulatory encouragement, while India's Reliance Jio Infocomm and RCom were given the cold shoulder. However, both situations indicate trading is on the rise.  Read more...

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