How do we regulate spectrum in the stratosphere?
Nov 06, 2020
by Toby Youell

The frontiers of useful and valuable spectrum, we are told, are constantly moving upwards. A visitor from 2010, for example, might be shocked by Thai mobile operators paying $375 million for the 26 GHz band, or their South Korean counterparts paying $550 million for the 28 GHz band. The same,… Read more...

An introduction to High-Altitude Platform Station systems
Oct 22, 2020
by Dianne Northfield

High-Altitude Platform Stations, or HAPS, are now considered as a viable and effective connectivity solution; a new layer or architecture – between terrestrial and satellite networks – to deliver commercial communications services. Read more...

Spectrum for High-Altitude Platform Stations
Oct 22, 2020
by Dianne Northfield

After decades of research and experimentation, High-Altitude Platform Stations, or HAPS, systems have matured as a viable new connectivity solution and HAPS providers are now competing with terrestrial and satellite operations for access to spectrum. Read more...

Traffic and interference management in the stratosphere
Oct 22, 2020
by Dianne Northfield

High-Altitude Platform Station, or HAPS, systems represent a new layer – between terrestrial and satellite networks – to deliver commercial connectivity solutions. Management of the coexistence of multiple different platforms in the stratosphere is a cutting-edge topic that is only contemplated as a reality in recent times. Read more...

WRC-23 must safeguard science spectrum, say radio astronomers
Sep 04, 2020
by Dugie Standeford

WRC agenda items on IMT, the use of high-altitude platform stations as IMT base stations and possible changes to uses in the 470—960 MHz band raise significant interference concerns, according to the Committee on Radio Astronomy Frequencies (CRAF). Read more...

6G will be a new type of network mixing satellite, airborne and terrestrial technology
Jul 21, 2020
by Richard Handford

Satellites, particularly low earth orbit constellations, as well as aircraft, balloons and unmanned aerial vehicles, will be central to the next generation of mobile technology in a way they have not been previously, say academics. Read more...

Satellite sector overview
May 01, 2020
by Martin Sims

The satellite industry entered WRC-19 with trepidation but declared itself satisfied with the result. Fears over 5G interference have receded, helping them pursue another key policy goal: being part of the emerging eco-system for the new mobile generation. The conference also finalised a momentous change - bringing competition to safety at… Read more...

Vendor positioning for WRC-23
Apr 29, 2020
by Dianne Northfield

The Wi-Fi and cellular industries are set to clash again at WRC-23 with the main battle over licensed and unlicensed mid-band spectrum. Read more...

OTT players have a lot at stake at WRC-23
Apr 29, 2020
by Dianne Northfield

WRC-23 is likely to be more important for OTT players than any previous WRC in terms of protecting and expanding their interests in license-exempt spectrum. Facebook, Google and Microsoft are focused on unlicensed spectrum and the three will not favour IMT identifications across a range of mid-band frequency ranges that… Read more...

Planning for WRC-23: Understanding key Agenda Items
Apr 21, 2020
by Dianne Northfield

New IMT identifications for mid-band spectrum, mobile use of UHF bands in Europe and Africa and new spectrum allocations for satellite services are prominent among the 19 Agenda Items tabled for the next World Radio Conference. Read more...