Tag: Ofcom
Trust in market mechanics—how spectrum policy differs in the US
Aug 05, 2022
by Richard Haas

US institutions and regulators have a deep trust in market mechanics and capitalism. The benefits of this can be debatable. The US spends nearly twice as much on healthcare as the average OECD country but has the lowest life expectancy compared to its peers. In the spectrum policy world, however,… Read more...

Spectrum auctions are not immune to legal challenges
Jul 25, 2022
by Dugie Standeford

Beauty contests often end up in the courts but auctions don't, so the conventional wisdom goes. But looking more closely we find that legal action over auctions is a fairly frequent occurrence. Read more...

UK consultation on spectrum licence fees for 10 GHz, 28 GHz and 32 GHz
Jul 25, 2022
by Mirva Villa

UK regulator Ofcom has laid out its proposal for annual spectrum licence fees for the 10 GHz, 28 GHz and 32 GHz bands. The proposal is as follows: Ofcom is to set a national annual licence fee of £7,568 per 2 x 1 MHz for 10 GHz spectrum and £4,576… Read more...

Ofcom drops 6 GHz proposal after stakeholder opposition
Jul 14, 2022
by Mirva Villa

UK regulator Ofcom has scrapped a plan to make the upper 6 GHz band available via its sharing regime due to a lack of interest from stakeholders. Read more...

UAS licence and harmonization opens doors for postal drones
Jul 12, 2022
by Laura Sear

Regulators are considering changes to their spectrum licensing approach for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) as commercial trial flights are happening more often, carrying more weight and flying across larger distances. Read more...

70 GHz
Jun 29, 2022
by Richard Haas

The 66-71 GHz band has been given an IMT identification at WRC-19, but neither mobile operators nor the licenced community has yet to take advantage of this band. Read more...

3.7 – 4.2 GHz
Jun 29, 2022
by Laura Sear

A key 5G band in the US and Japan. These frequencies have been considered peripheral in the rest of the world, and are in some cases are available on a shared basis. US operators bought 280 MHz of this band in Q1 2021 for record prices. Read more...

Telesat
Jun 29, 2022
by Dianne Northfield

After decades of developing and operating its geosynchronous orbit-based satellite services business, Telesat has commenced the development of a constellation of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites and integrated terrestrial infrastructure known as Telesat Lightspeed. Ka-band spectrum is of particular importance to both Telesat’s GEO and LEO programs. Read more...

Protecting meteorological spectrum users in the age of 6G
Jun 21, 2022
by Richard Haas

Stephen English of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) hopes important terahertz frequencies can remain protected as 6G progesses. Read more...

A thriving Wi-Fi industry could sway the 6 GHz debate
Jun 20, 2022
by Richard Haas

Agenda item 1.2 of the upcoming World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-23) considers the identification of the upper 6 GHz band (6425—7025 MHz) for IMT. With over a year to go until the event, the debate over the band seems more heated than ever. UK regulator Ofcom recently faced a backlash when… Read more...