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UK is too harsh on mobile operators over coverage, says former minister
Jan 30, 2018
by Kane Mumford

Some in the mobile industry agree, claiming that the 700 MHz band will not be the game changer government departments envisage. Read more...

Japanese spectrum contest could herald a break with past policy
Jan 29, 2018
by Richard Handford

Japan is deciding how to award frequencies in the 1.7 GHz and 3.4 GHz bands, a process that could pave the way for a disruptive newcomer and a significant change in the country's approach to spectrum assignment. Read more...

UAE makes spectrum available for 5G
Jan 26, 2018
by Toby Youell

The L-band, C-band and 26 GHz band are to be used in early 5G deployments in the United Arab Emirates. Read more...

AT&T jettisons 600 MHz band spectrum
Jan 25, 2018
by Toby Youell

US telco AT&T has agreed to sell all of its remaining 600 MHz band holdings, leaving T-Mobile as the only operator to roll out mobile broadband in the frequencies. Read more...

Mobile industry accused of inconsistency over 5G power limits for WRC-19
Jan 24, 2018
by Kane Mumford

ITU-R Task Group 5/1 (TG5/1), which is developing sharing parameters for Agenda Item 1.13 of WRC-19 – the 5G agenda item – has set forward a representative base station power level of 48 dBm as the power level that should be used in sharing studies on the expected deployment of new mobile… Read more...

Indian court finds no 2G licence “scam” but case isn’t over yet
Jan 23, 2018
by Dugie Standeford

A 21 December ruling by a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court acquitted all defendants of allegations that the Indian telecoms ministry undersold 2G spectrum and took bribes in 2008. The allegations led to the cancellation of 122 licences by India's Supreme Court in 2012. The CBI said it… Read more...

Longer spectrum licences don’t necessarily drive operator investment, study finds
Jan 19, 2018
by Dugie Standeford

Regulators seeking to balance flexibility in telecoms licensing with some degree of certainty for investors about spectrum tenure are considering the issue of licence duration, Ovum analysts say. All things being equal, a longer licence does offer more certainty but it's by no means the only factor in minimising investment… Read more...

UK regulator pushes ahead with 2.3 GHz and 3.5 GHz auction plans
Jan 18, 2018
by Kane Mumford

Three still has a case in the UK’s Court of Appeal but Ofcom wants to get the ball rolling anyway. Read more...

GE backs localized area licensing at 3550–3700 MHz in US for industrial IoT
Jan 17, 2018
by Toby Youell

US industrial conglomerate General Electric has urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to stick to its plan of authorising the use of the 3550–3700 MHz band by census tract, rather than partial economic areas (PEAs) as proposed by mobile operators. Read more...

Ukraine to compensate operators if they lose spectrum in 1800 MHz auction
Jan 16, 2018
by Jaroslaw Adamowski

Ukraine’s telecoms regulator NKRZI is planning to auction spectrum in the 1800 MHz band, including the blocks currently licensed to established operators Kyivstar, Vodafone and Lifecell. Read more...