PolicyTracker: the spectrum management newsletter

Book review: "5G Spectrum and Standards" by Geoff Varrall

by Kane Mumford — Dec 02, 2016 03:39 PM

Varrall says 5G can be a success, but only if it is developed faster and more cheaply than competing options.

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Report author Lord Harris doubts LTE PPDR can work on London Underground

by Kane Mumford — Dec 01, 2016 12:27 PM

Lord Toby Harris, who recently led a review of London’s preparedness for a terrorist attack, told PolicyTracker that every single person who currently works for the emergency services expressed scepticism about whether LTE PPDR on the London Underground would work.

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Three wants public to lobby UK regulator over spectrum

Three wants public to lobby UK regulator over spectrum

by Kane Mumford — Dec 01, 2016 04:38 PM

The UK mobile operator has released a video that encourages people to urge Ofcom CEO Sharon White to take action on uneven spectrum distribution.

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C-band faces 5G fragmentation issues in Europe, say vendors

by Kane Mumford — Nov 28, 2016 02:39 PM

Senior figures at Qualcomm and Huawei have told a conference in London that making spectrum available to allow coexistence trials is one of the most important challenges facing 5G deployment. Meanwhile, Ofcom’s proposal on the UK’s C-band auction could raise 5G competition issues in the UK.

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UK regulator will push for "targeted" coverage obligations for 700 MHz licences

by Kane Mumford — Nov 25, 2016 01:18 PM

EE’s head of regulatory policy called on Ofcom to work with the mobile industry ahead of the 700 MHz auction to agree on any coverage obligations imposed on the winning bidders.

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Italian broadcasters will play for time on 700 MHz clearance

by Kane Mumford — Nov 23, 2016 03:14 PM

A source close to Mediaset and Rai said the broadcasters would follow a 3D strategy: delay, delay, delay.

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UK regulator declines to rule out BT/EE participation in 700 MHz auction

by Kane Mumford — Nov 22, 2016 01:43 PM

Ofcom has proposed that the operator be left out of the upcoming 2.3 GHz auction but O2 and Three have said this is not enough to promote effective competition.

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Commission v Council WRC-15 case to be heard early next year

by Kane Mumford — Nov 21, 2016 01:19 PM

An exact date has not been set but PolicyTracker understands the written stage of proceedings is now closed and a reporting judge has been selected.

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UK parliament committee chair sceptical over PPDR plans

by Kane Mumford — Nov 21, 2016 09:15 AM

Emergency services representatives also said they were less than confident that the UK’s 4G emergency services network (ESN) would be delivered on time. Motorola’s equipment testing will not start until spring next year.

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Where do we stand on spectrum for 5G?

by Kane Mumford — Nov 16, 2016 02:34 PM

PolicyTracker examines which bands the US, China, South Korea, Japan and the EU are making available for 5G.

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Viewpoint: how will the virtualisation of networks impact telecoms operators and vendors?

by Richard Feasey — Nov 14, 2016 04:06 PM

Richard Feasey asks whether the virtualisation movement will see networks controlled by IT giants such as Google and Facebook and wonders what effect this will have on vendors and operators.

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Italy still doubtful over EU deadline for 700 MHz band

by Kane Mumford — Nov 14, 2016 06:38 PM

As Italy's Ministry for Economic Development (MISE) announces 2017 trials of 5G in three as-yet-unamed cities, questions still remain around the 700 MHz band, key to the success of any 5G launch.

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China to focusing on 26 GHz and 40 GHZ for mmWave studies

by Kane Mumford — Nov 17, 2016 09:04 AM

The US, South Korea, China and Japan have all stressed the need for global harmonisation of mmWave spectrum, but as the Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) announces its 5G pioneer bands, divisions look increasingly deep.

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