PolicyTracker: the spectrum management newsletter

Spectrum auction design affects prices paid, study finds

by Dugie Standeford — May 25, 2017 01:42 PM

The choice of bidding rules influences auction revenues, a finding that should be considered by auction designers, say Imperial College London Research Fellow Pantelis Koutroumpis and regulatory economist Martin Cave. NERA economic consultant Richard Marsden, however, said that while the findings will spur an interesting debate, the authors' case is not proven.

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Analysts highlight gap between 5G spending projections and reality

by Kane Mumford — May 24, 2017 02:18 PM

Following predictions for how much revenue 5G would generate, researchers have been assessing mobile operators’ capital expenditure.

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"Four fifths of MNOs" to start densifying networks by 2020

by Kane Mumford — May 23, 2017 01:04 PM

AT&T’s David Orloff told the SCWS World Summit that “hyper-dense networks” will contain 1.8 million cells by 2020.

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Ireland 3.6 GHz auction exceeds expectations, netting €78m

Ireland 3.6 GHz auction exceeds expectations, netting €78m

by Kane Mumford — May 26, 2017 10:04 AM

The results are twenty times the price paid in a recent comparable auction: PolicyTracker understands that they outstripped Irish regulator ComReg's "optimistic" expectations. Surprisingly, the bidder who won only rural licences paid the most in proportionate terms.

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Car industry not “waiting for 5G to happen”

by Kane Mumford — May 18, 2017 02:32 PM

A source from a leading European automotive company told PolicyTracker that the 3.4-3.8 GHz band could be used for automotive applications but it is still too early to tell.

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Asia-Pacific approves harmonisation of 700 MHz and 800 MHz spectrum for LTE PPDR

by Kane Mumford — May 17, 2017 01:29 PM

The Asia-Pacific Wireless Group (APT-AWG) has unanimously approved a new recommendation on harmonising spectrum in these bands for broadband public safety networks.

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800 mobile operators support 26 GHz for WRC-19 harmonisation

by Kane Mumford — May 16, 2017 03:08 PM

The GSMA’s operator members are supporting the European position that 26 GHz should be the mmWave band used for 5G services globally. 28 GHz, under study in the US and South Korea, is unequivocally off the table, according to the European administrations' group CEPT.

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EU regulators: European Commission’s proposals put member states’ spectrum autonomy at risk

by Kane Mumford — May 15, 2017 01:25 PM

BEREC, which is made up of the 28 EU member states’ electronic communications regulators, said the proposals in the Commission’s draft Electronic Communications Code (ECC) “individually might seem like sensible spectrum management tools” but when they are considered together, they make for risk-creating regulatory and legal uncertainty.

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French spectrum regulator organises "Hackathon"

by Kane Mumford — May 11, 2017 03:02 PM

This evening a mix of engineering and business students and ICT professionals will gather in Paris to discuss plans for the second annual Agence Nationale Des Fréquences (ANFR) Hackathon. The event next weekend aims to find innovative new uses for the store of data that ANFR, like all spectrum regulators, has at its disposal.

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Ofcom leaves DTT interference mitigation to UK government

by Kane Mumford — May 10, 2017 01:34 PM

The UK regulator has published a technical analysis of the interference risks to digital terrestrial television (DTT) services following their 2020 move out of the 700 MHz band and into the 470-694 MHz band.

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T-Mobile raises 3.5 GHz global fragmentation concerns

by Kane Mumford — May 09, 2017 12:01 PM

The US Citizen Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) plan will not drive investment, according to T-Mobile. Nevertheless, CBRS advocates told PolicyTracker, the UK regulator Ofcom is interested in taking a similar approach.

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GSMA not in favour of “complete harmonisation” of spectrum policy in Europe

by Kane Mumford — May 08, 2017 03:47 PM

The association issued a joint statement with ETNO (European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association) which claimed legislators were abandoning the 5G vision as they review the European Commission’s proposals on a new Electronic Communications Code (ECC).

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Wi-Fi facing imminent spectrum crunch, claims industry group

by Kane Mumford — May 04, 2017 12:57 PM

Research carried out for the Wi-Fi Alliance claims that increasing numbers of devices and growing demand means that more spectrum will be needed for Wi-Fi by 2025.

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