PolicyTracker: the spectrum management newsletter

Will 5G need a new spectrum licensing approach?

by Dugie Standeford — Sep 22, 2016 03:58 PM

Spectrum availability is the biggest challenge facing the radio access network (RAN) in connection with 5G, according to around one-third of 800 telecoms industry executives surveyed for a new report.

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Brussels wants new powers for BEREC

by Kane Mumford — Sep 21, 2016 02:01 PM

The European Commission’s proposal seeks to turn the regulatory body into a fully-fledged agency tasked with reviewing EU member states’ spectrum assignments.

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Spending watchdog says UK government underestimated risks of LTE PPDR network

by Kane Mumford — Sep 19, 2016 01:58 PM

A National Audit Office (NAO) report concludes that it was a desire to save money that led the UK government to try something that with the exception of South Korea, which has a much better geographic LTE coverage, has not been tried anywhere else in the world – running an emergency services network (ESN) over a commercial supplier's network.

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New head of Polish regulator to focus on 700 MHz auction

by Jaroslaw Adamowski — Sep 16, 2016 12:06 PM

Poland’s parliament has confirmed the appointment of Marcin Cichy as the new president of the country’s Office of Electronic Communications (UKE).

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Brussels announces regulatory framework review results

by Kane Mumford — Sep 14, 2016 01:38 PM

Five documents are to be adopted by the Commission today, including a legislative proposal for a new Electronic Communications Code, and more on the “Gigabit Society”.

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Commission vs Council court case: five member states seek to intervene against Commission

by Kane Mumford — Sep 13, 2016 02:53 PM

Germany, France, the Czech Republic and the UK are among five EU states to have registered their opposition to the Commission’s action.

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Research report exposes differences over future of 5G

by Dugie Standeford — Sep 12, 2016 03:39 PM

The future of mobile broadband, including LTE-Advanced and 5G, is "bright," says a new report compiled by Rysavy Research for mobile industry group 5G Americas. But one critic has described the study as "propaganda" that ignores the lack of business cases for the technology.

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Top DG Connect official tells industries regulation can't keep changing

by Kane Mumford — Sep 09, 2016 02:56 PM

Anthony Whelan, director of DG Connect's electronic communications unit, has said broadcasters need a degree of visibility as to how their sector will evolve, adding that this is about things that might happen before 2023.

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EBU opposed to current SDL in lower UHF proposal

by Kane Mumford — Sep 07, 2016 03:42 PM

The European Broadcasting Union's spectrum management chair told PolicyTracker that demonstrations are one thing, but conditions under which such networks could be rolled out need more work to ensure that TV services are protected.

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Demo suggests mobile supplementary downlink does not interfere with digital terrestrial TV

Demo suggests mobile supplementary downlink does not interfere with digital terrestrial TV

by Kane Mumford — Sep 06, 2016 04:21 PM

The demonstration, by Nokia and Qualcomm, could pave the way for a new era of mobile/broadcast convergence. In this article, PolicyTracker looks at how it works and what the companies are planning for the future. Tomorrow, we’ll assess the reactions to the demonstration from regulators, broadcasters and members of the PMSE industry.

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IEEE-USA to call for more technical resources at the FCC

by Kane Mumford — Sep 16, 2016 10:53 AM

PolicyTracker understands that the US arm of technical professional organisation the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) is to call for improved technical resources at the regulator - to be paid for by licensees.

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Ofcom backs EE’s request to upgrade 2.1 GHz unpaired licence for LTE and ESN

by Kane Mumford — Aug 31, 2016 03:25 PM

In a consultation document, the UK regulator says it provisionally supports the operator's request.

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FCC failing on spectrum enforcement, says Washington source

by Kane Mumford — Aug 30, 2016 01:11 PM

Critics say recent cases demonstrate a lack of resources but the US regulator has defended its record.

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