PolicyTracker: the spectrum management newsletter

BMW exec hopes for dedicated mobile broadband spectrum

by Kane Mumford — Oct 24, 2016 02:45 PM

Martin Arend, general manager of the automaker's end-to-end architecture and technologies, has told an industry conference that dedicated spectrum would be "very, very helpful" for the development of connected cars.

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EC report claims 5G to bring annual benefits of over €100bn

by Dugie Standeford — Oct 21, 2016 11:02 PM

An analysis produced for the European Commission (EC) has concluded that 5G rollout will cost around €56.6 billion in 2020 but will bring in around €113.1 billion per year by 2025. But one telecoms analyst questioned the study's assumptions and methodology.

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UK taxpayer could fund large part of R&D of world’s first commercial 4G PPDR network

by Kane Mumford — Oct 20, 2016 07:13 PM

Motorola has been in a unique position to develop its LTE for public services offering since it bought Airwave, which currently provides the UK's emergency services network (ESN). Under the new LTE-based system, Motorola also has a contract to certify the equipment the UK emergency services can use.

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UK minister: fibre to the home is the way forward

by Kane Mumford — Oct 19, 2016 01:57 PM

“Fibre is the future," says Matt Hancock, a minister at the UK's Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS). "The market will have to lead and government will support. I want to know what we can do to support a full-fibre roll-out."

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Ofcom wants to stay involved in Europe, whatever BEREC’s role

by Kane Mumford — Oct 18, 2016 12:55 PM

UK regulator Ofcom will continue to be involved in Europe regardless of the status of the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC), chief executive Sharon White says.

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We need to be careful how we proceed and what we promise, says Vodafone CTO

by Kane Mumford — Oct 16, 2016 08:11 PM

Johan Wibergh, chief technology officer at Vodafone, has told delegates at the Next Generation Mobile Networks conference that the industry has an enormous responsibility to make 5G work.

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Vodafone and Hutchison could lose out in new Australian 700 MHz auction

by Kane Mumford — Oct 12, 2016 02:44 PM

The two groups’ joint venture, VHA, declined to take part in the country’s 2013 700 MHz auction, blaming excessive reserve prices. It then tried to buy most of the leftover spectrum earlier this year at the original reserve price, triggering a new auction.

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Warning that Europe won't have enough spectrum for 5G is "industry hype"

by Dugie Standeford — Oct 11, 2016 02:20 PM

A report produced for the European Commission says there may not be enough spectrum to deliver the economic benefits and jobs that 5G is expected to offer, and calls for an urgent rethink of spectrum allocation and sharing principles. But one technology expert says the idea that billions of Internet of Things devices will be able to run on 5G is unrealistic.

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Italy to put an end to cross-border interference at 700 MHz?

by Kane Mumford — Oct 14, 2016 07:01 PM

The Italian government has agreed to a November switch-off date for regional broadcasting services that interfere with broadcasters and FM radio services in neighbouring countries.

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Two years on, Globalstar's TLPS network remains controversial... and unapproved

by Dugie Standeford — Oct 06, 2016 12:36 PM

Globalstar has been waiting for over two years for regulatory permission to roll out a terrestrial low power service (TLPS) using mobile satellite service (MSS) spectrum. Now it's pressing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to act quickly, despite ongoing opposition from wireless communications providers.

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RSPG backs 26 GHz band for 5G in Europe

by Kane Mumford — Oct 06, 2016 04:01 PM

28 GHz is off the table at the moment, but the Radio Spectrum Policy Group is not completely ruling out its use at a later stage.

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Philippines operators’ spectrum hoard to be detailed by audit

Philippines operators’ spectrum hoard to be detailed by audit

by Kane Mumford — Oct 04, 2016 02:19 PM

The new president of the Philippines instigated the audit last month but the country’s competition authority faces an uphill battle in a regulatory environment which some feel has been 'captured' by the local mobile industry.

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Brussels inquiry could derail Poland’s 800 MHz spectrum assignments

by Jaroslaw Adamowski — Oct 03, 2016 04:06 PM

The European Commission (EC) has sent a letter to the Polish government about last year’s 800 MHz spectrum auction amid concerns that it may have infringed EU law.

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