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The companies are planning interoperability tests and field trials based on the as-yet undefined 3GPP standard for 5G and are focusing on a standalone new radio network.
The first-ever authorisation for LTE-Unlicensed (LTE-U) devices to operate in the Wi-Fi 5 GHz band will be a win for consumers, the US regulator says. Public interest groups aren't so sure, saying the FCC risks disrupting new Wi-Fi services. T-Mobile said it would launch LTE-U services in the spring.
Ofcom has signalled the end of a long-running discussion over whether 450-470 MHz should be harmonised with the rest of Europe, saying it is not necessary or proportionate to do so.
The UK's Emergency Services Network (ESN) project is due to launch this September but the development of standards is not following the same schedule. Erik Guttman of 3GPP told PolicyTracker that the UK Home Office has worked closely with 3GPP but said it was up to organisations how they use its standards.
ETSI chief technical officer Adrian Scrase says 5G will at least initially be focused on enhanced mobile broadband.
A hearing due to take place at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on 2 May will provide the basis for a ruling on just how much influence the European Commission should have over international spectrum bargaining positions.
Three UK's acquisition of UK Broadband, if approved, will give the operator more spectrum for 4G and 5G down the road but won't alleviate its current concerns about unbalanced spectrum distribution. Those concerns are shared by rival operator O2.
Europe's PPDR industry is sceptical about the progress of the UK’s LTE PPDR network programme and is pursuing a more evolutionary approach to the development of critical communications technology.
Hong Kong Telecom's claims that the government is refusing to free up more spectrum for 5G are "reckless and unreasonable," says the Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA).
Poland’s Ministry of Digital Affairs aims to allocate the 694-790 MHz band for IMT before the EU finalises the text of its 700 MHz agreement, but local broadcasting and IT & telecoms industry associations are protesting against the draft regulation that amends the spectrum allocation table.
The UK regulator plans to focus on the 700 MHz, 3.4-3.6 GHz, 3.6-3.8 GHz and 26 GHz bands for the time being as it looks to build consensus on globally harmonised bands.
The Swedish government had halted plans to auction spectrum in the 700 MHz band late last year under pressure from Swedish public safety authorities.
A representative of the Danish National Police says the tender process will start in September.