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Will Hong Kong’s new chief executive accelerate 5G development?
Nov 07, 2017
by Cyrus Yau

Hong Kong’s new chief executive, Carrie Lam, has proposed investing HK$700 million (€77.5 million) on key infrastructure projects for 5G and a smart city initiative in her annual policy plan. Read more...

Satellite industry regrets UK regulator’s 3.6-3.8 GHz decisions
Nov 06, 2017
by Kane Mumford

The Europe, Middle East and Africa Satellite Operators Association (ESOA) has said it is a shame the UK has not followed the example of other European countries in its 3.6-3.8 GHz plans. Read more...

FCC eyes changes to CBRS rules, more mmWave spectrum for 5G
Nov 02, 2017
by Dugie Standeford

The US regulator is seeking input on several proposed changes to the rules governing priority access licenses (PALs) in the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service band. It's billing the move as necessary for 5G network deployment, but some say the new rules favour big wireless carriers at the expense… Read more...

MSS: Inmarsat failed to meet required milestones, says ViaSat
Nov 01, 2017
by Kane Mumford

Inmarsat has declined to comment in detail on the claims from ViaSat, which is taking legal action against the European Commission over the Mobile Satellite Service (MSS).  Read more...

MSS: Inmarsat accused of making incorrect statements about satellite readiness
Oct 31, 2017
by Kane Mumford

Inmarsat said the satellite providing the MSS service was completed by July 2016 but ViaSat has pointed to documents suggesting it was not ready seven months later. Inmarsat has declined to comment on the claim. ViaSat is challenging the European Commission over MSS in the European Court and threatened to… Read more...

Spectrum sharing won’t happen without strong regulatory push
Oct 30, 2017
by Dugie Standeford

The "project of increasing the effectiveness of our use of spectrum by sharing is still not so much in the foothills, but with the foothills still in fairly distant view," Martin Cave and William Webb said in a paper published this month. Read more...

Australia plans new approach for 26 GHz
Oct 27, 2017
by Richard Handford

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has told Policy Tracker that it will accelerate the release of millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum, particularly at 26 GHz, for 5G. This is the first time it has adopted an accelerated approach. Read more...

Poland’s auditor condemns handling of spectrum auctions and calls for legal changes
Oct 26, 2017
by Jaroslaw Adamowski

After the failed 2015 auction, which only ended after the government intervened, Poland's auditor says the law needs to change. Read more...

EU member states agree that telecoms reform needs to be speeded up
Oct 25, 2017
by Kane Mumford

As the first inter-institutional talks on the Electronic Communications Code (ECC) get underway today, the European Council (representing EU member state governments) has signalled broad support for full agreement on the code by the end of 2018. Read more...

Commission-backed study urges harmonised timing of EU spectrum auctions
Oct 24, 2017
by Kane Mumford

As the European Council debates the Electronic Communications Code (ECC) today, a Commission-sponsored study recommends coordinated timing of awards but says member states should have autonomy over many aspects of auction design. Read more...