What is really holding back “5G” in Europe?
Jun 09, 2017
by Kane Mumford

The GSMA and ETNO have called on legislators yet again to ditch their “grim” approach to the 5G vision, as if having concerns about one-size fits all licence terms, pushy auction planning rules and more centralised control of spectrum policy were just a way to spoil everyone else’s fun. Are longer licence… Read more...

Spectrum wars 2.0
Apr 21, 2017
by Kane Mumford

In the same way that warfare has supposedly, for lack of a better word, “evolved” over time from the wholesale conquering of an enemy’s territory into a more targeted and strategic business, the battle for spectrum looks to be heading the same way. Read more...

Does competition require equal shares of spectrum?
Mar 24, 2017
by Kane Mumford

PolicyTracker has heard that regulatory affairs departments of mobile operators are increasingly being seen by boards as income generators rather than cost centres. Read more...

Make your mind up time
Mar 17, 2017
by Kane Mumford

Seriously now: are we facing an imminent lack of spectrum due to exponential data demand or are we not? Answers, please, in the context of the European Parliament confirming the timetable for the clearance of 700 MHz. Read more...

5G or not 5G?
Jan 27, 2017
by Kane Mumford

3GPP’s Release 15 will probably bear the “5G stamp”. This means that there is nothing to stop marketers calling LTE and LTE-advanced technology included in the final documentation “5G” when it is approved around the end of 2018. Read more...

Has social media ruined the consultation process?
Jan 13, 2017
by Kane Mumford

Make the Air Fair’s campaign may be an oversimplification of the facts. Still, the people have spoken. What will Ofcom do about it? Read more...

Ofcom has kept up well with the challenges of the UK 4G PPDR network
Nov 18, 2016
by Kane Mumford

As the UK broadband PPDR network is called into question by parliament, regulators around the world will be looking to the project to see what lessons they can learn. Read more...

Does European backing for 26 GHz change the 5G equation?
Oct 19, 2016
by Kane Mumford

Here at Policytracker we were mildly annoyed when Europe’s regulators in the RSPG decided to identify 26 GHz as a 5G “pioneer band” along with 3.5 GHz and 700 MHz. Read more...

Does 2+2 = 5G?
Sep 13, 2016
by Kane Mumford

5G is like the great Gold Rush of the American West, except no one knows if there is actually any gold. But if there is, should mobile be digging for it in the lower-UHF band? Read more...

The US/EU policy divide over 5G
Aug 03, 2016
by Kane Mumford

Brussels will be involved in every aspect of 5G development. The FCC won't. We're in a familiar place but this time its important we work together. Read more...