PolicyTracker: the spectrum management newsletter
Varrall says 5G can be a success, but only if it is developed faster and more cheaply than competing options.
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.
The UK mobile operator has released a video that encourages people to urge Ofcom CEO Sharon White to take action on uneven spectrum distribution.
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.
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.
A source close to Mediaset and Rai said the broadcasters would follow a 3D strategy: delay, delay, delay.
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.
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.
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.
PolicyTracker examines which bands the US, China, South Korea, Japan and the EU are making available for 5G.
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.
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.
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.