PolicyTracker: the spectrum management newsletter

Large carrier bandwidth for 5G is "a red herring", says chair of Small Cell Forum

by Kane Mumford — Aug 23, 2017 12:42 PM

PolicyTracker spoke to David Orloff, chair of the Small Cell Forum and director of AT&T's radio access networks product introduction group, about small cells, 4G and 5G.

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UK operator demands major changes to 5G spectrum auction

by Kane Mumford — Aug 22, 2017 02:24 PM

As BT/EE threatens to join rival operator Three in launching a legal challenge to the auction plan, PolicyTracker has learned that BT/EE's chief executive asked the head of UK regulator Ofcom to release the entire 3.4-3.8 GHz band as early as next year.

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Fate of US spectrum bills could rest with House of Representatives

by Dugie Standeford — Aug 21, 2017 01:18 PM

Five spectrum-related measures are pending in Congress. Yet despite Senate interest in pushing what is generally seen as bipartisan legislation, there are questions about whether House Republicans will play ball.

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Polish regulator cancels disputed 2007 auction and plans to re-sell spectrum

by Jaroslaw Adamowski — Aug 18, 2017 09:55 AM

Ultimately UKE is expected to re-auction the 1800 MHz licences but the current holders will be allowed to use them in the meantime. However, this is only the latest installment in a lengthy legal battle which is likely to continue as local operators call for a tougher approach.

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GSMA: "The current framework will not help us move forward"

by Kane Mumford — Aug 16, 2017 10:18 AM

In recent months the GSMA has released three statements warning European Council members not to abandon the 5G vision by shying away from greater harmonisation of spectrum policy in Europe. PolicyTracker asked a senior GSMA spokesperson to explain what policy changes were needed.

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"Tug of war" as mobile industry claims unreformed CBRS will damage 5G

by Dugie Standeford — Aug 14, 2017 02:07 PM

In addition to as-yet-unresolved technical issues, efforts to deploy the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) in the US face a split between stakeholders who want to retain current licensing rules and those who say doing so risks undermining investment in 5G.

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“At some point, there will be an end to the FCC”

by Kane Mumford — Aug 11, 2017 01:10 PM

PolicyTracker interviewed Thomas W. Hazlett, former chief economist at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and author of 'The Political Spectrum', on the public good, "revolving door" regulators and Clint Eastwood.

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Indian regulator eyes digital radio switchover for commercial broadcasters

by Dugie Standeford — Aug 11, 2017 04:34 PM

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is seeking feedback on the possibility of moving commercial broadcasters to digital radio. The state-owned broadcaster is already shifting to DAB but some observers question why commercial stations should do the same.

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UK operator denies challenge to auction rules will delay 5G rollout

by Kane Mumford — Aug 09, 2017 04:33 PM

Three UK will seek a judicial review in the UK High Court of the competition rules Ofcom set for the upcoming spectrum auction. A ruling is not expected until early 2018, but the operator said the process would not affect deployment of commercial 5G services.

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Vodafone wins 5G city trial rights for Milan

by Kane Mumford — Aug 21, 2017 08:55 AM

Vodafone took Milan, while Telecom Italia and Wind won the rights to hold trials in Prato and l’Aquila and Bari and Matera respectively.

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FCC consults on mid-band spectrum for next-generation services

by Dugie Standeford — Aug 07, 2017 03:28 PM

The US regulator is seeking comment on potential wireless uses for spectrum from 3.7 GHz to 24 GHz, but is specifically interested in the 3.7-4.2 GHz, 5.925-6.425 GHz and 6.425-7.125 GHz bands. Expect a battle over the C-band.

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Philippines duopoly unlikely to be broken any time soon

by Kane Mumford — Aug 03, 2017 03:20 PM

There are hopes that a new entrant could join the mobile market, but getting through to the country’s president, Rodrigo Duterte, is not easy.

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Nokia expects early 5G deployment outside Europe

by Kane Mumford — Aug 02, 2017 01:54 PM

Nokia’s chief executive Rajeev Suri said on the company’s quarterly earnings call earlier this week that “lead customers in both the United States and China” would deploy sooner than the 2020 date the company had previously expected.

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