PolicyTracker: the spectrum management newsletter

Norway more focused on uses for vacant spectrum than on 5G

by Kane Mumford — Jan 19, 2017 04:14 PM

Norwegian regulator Nkom's plans for the 42 GHz band are about making spectrum available now rather than holding it back for future possible uses, according to its director of frequency management John-Eivind Velure.

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Australia could become a four-player mobile market after 700 MHz auction

by Kane Mumford — Jan 18, 2017 03:13 PM

The regulator believes there is enough market interest to justify its decision not to sell two chunks of 700 MHz to Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) last year.

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Myanmar makes new spectrum award

by Kane Mumford — Jan 17, 2017 03:52 PM

An undisclosed amount of spectrum with a 15-year licence term has been sold for $300 million to a large consortium consisting of state interests from Myanmar and Vietnam, as well as 11 local telecoms companies.

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Straight Path could be fined $100m for not using spectrum

by Kane Mumford — Jan 16, 2017 02:42 PM

The firm said it has now settled with US regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which was investigating it for failing to use its spectrum.

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Brazil's 3.5 GHz 5G review will focus on LTE-Advanced

by Kane Mumford — Jan 12, 2017 03:43 PM

Brazilian regulator Anatel also has to ensure that the technology does not cause interference to the many satellite TV receive-only earth stations in the country.

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Norway starts national FM radio switch-off today

by Kane Mumford — Jan 11, 2017 12:33 PM

DAB supporters say the switch is essential but one poll suggests 66 per cent of Norwegians are against it.

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New intergalactic signals prompt calls for better co-ordination of other services

New intergalactic signals prompt calls for better co-ordination of other services

by Kane Mumford — Jan 10, 2017 02:24 PM

After last week’s news that signals from another galaxy had been picked up by a team of radio astronomers, industry groups have said they face a difficult task.

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Slovenia first to plan 5G trials in 3.4-3.8 GHz band

by Kane Mumford — Jan 09, 2017 12:32 PM

The spectrum will be offered on a first come, first served basis, according to the country’s regulator, with an auction coming “no later than 2021”.

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Webb hopes 5G book can help provoke mid-course correction

by Kane Mumford — Jan 05, 2017 01:19 PM

PolicyTracker talks to William Webb, chief executive of the Weightless SIG, about his new book, "The 5G Myth". Webb says he is in a position to be objective about where 5G is going, although he suspects some will find his latest work contentious.

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PMSE faces uncertain future in Sweden after 2.3 GHz auction

by Kane Mumford — Jan 04, 2017 12:40 PM

A spokesperson for the regulator told PolicyTracker that it has not yet decided where to accommodate the 20 or so programme making and special events (PMSE) organisations currently licensed to use the band.

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€500m European connectivity private equity fund could cost as much as €10m a year in management fees

by Kane Mumford — Jan 03, 2017 02:47 PM

Luxembourg-based Cube Infrastructure Managers could receive €100m from the European Investment Bank for helping to invest in connectivity projects across the EU.

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The story of 2016 in 5G quotes

by Kane Mumford — Jan 06, 2017 01:39 PM

PolicyTracker has put together a selection of the best 5G comments we heard last year. You'll find no references to the fourth industrial revolution, game-changing innovation or the ever-rocketing data demands of the mobile industry. However, we hope it provides a snapshot of policymakers' and industry views as they evolved through the year.

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Romania to consult on spectrum assignments in six bands

by Jaroslaw Adamowski — Dec 22, 2016 11:15 AM

Romania’s telecoms regulator has released its action plan for 2017 which states that it will launch consultations on awarding spectrum for broadband services in the 450 MHz, 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 1500 MHz, 2600 MHz and 3.4–3.8 GHz bands.

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