First quarter of 2021 sees most expensive spectrum auction ever
Apr 15, 2021
by Toby Youell

The latest PolicyTracker Spectrum Database quarterly update includes a spectrum auction that raised more money than any other. The wave of expensive 3G auctions in Europe at the height of the dotcom boom has become the stuff of legend in spectrum policy circles. Germany’s 2000 auction of the 2.1 GHz… Read more...

First quarter of the decade sees record spectrum auctions

The new iteration of the PolicyTracker Spectrum Database (PSD) takes into account over 10,000 MHz of new or changed national spectrum assignments. The COVID-19 pandemic may have put several imminent spectrum auctions on ice, but the first three months of 2020 had already seen an enormous amount of spectrum put… Read more...

Large portion of recent assignments come from a surprising source
Oct 30, 2019
by Toby Youell

It's not spectrum auctions that have produced most of the updates in this quarter's PolicyTracker Spectrum Database (PSD). The last quarter of 2019 saw 817.4 MHz of new or changed assignments, but roughly only a quarter (220 MHz) of these came from new awards. Although regulators around the world are… Read more...

Eight countries make 5G spectrum available in Q2
Aug 02, 2019
by Toby Youell

The latest update of the PolicyTracker Spectrum Database shows 5G assignments picking up in both mmWave and mid-band frequencies. Despite attention on the German C-band auction, the quarter's most expensive spectrum was acquired elsewhere. Read more...

PolicyTracker Spectrum Database: population density tabs
Oct 26, 2018
by Chetan Chauhan-Sims

The PolicyTracker Spectrum Database now includes figures on population density, both in overall national terms and in categories which correspond to settlement patterns such as rural, urban or dense urban. This article explains where the data comes from and how it has been calculated. Read more...

An overview of spectrum database features
Aug 07, 2018
by Martin Sims

About the tabs; manipulating the data and using the filter function. Read more...

5G and mmWave bands in the PolicyTracker Spectrum Database
Aug 03, 2018
by PolicyTracker

The database has been updated to reflect the ownership of licences in potential 5G bands. Some existing licences can be used for 5G and some cannot, depending whether the service is fixed or mobile. A further complication is that in some cases a minor regulatory change would allow 5G deployment.… Read more...

My password email hasn’t turned up!
Feb 23, 2017
by Martin Sims

First please check your spam filter to see if the password email is thereIf not please check the email to which the database was attached Was it sent to the email that you normally send from?e.g. you may get emails for david@????.com and david.smith@????.com but if you send from "david"… Read more...

Do I need to enter my ID and password each time I use the database?
Feb 23, 2017
by Martin Sims

Please re-save the database from the original email into your chosen location and go through the password request procedure again. Once you have access click "save" as an added precaution then close the database. Reopen the database by double-clicking on the file in its chosen location and it should open… Read more...

Using the MHz per pop sheets
Feb 23, 2017
by Martin Sims

The MHz per pop data is contained in this sheet: MHz PER POP  Historic exchange rates or current exchange rates? The MHz per pop sheets show both  a historic figure using the dollar exchange rates at the time and a current figure, using  this year's exchange rates. Depending on the… Read more...