PolicyTracker: the spectrum management newsletter

Deutsche Telekom: Verizon's 2017 '5G' rollout will not be 5G

by Kane Mumford — Aug 26, 2016 12:57 PM

The operator told PolicyTracker that Verizon’s fixed wireless last-mile efforts were a “special case” and “not easy to find” in the existing 5G documentation.

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Leaked document shows Brussels pushing for binding spectrum regulation

by Kane Mumford — Aug 24, 2016 11:20 AM

A draft impact assessment undertaken as part of the upcoming telecoms regulatory framework review calls for a 25-year minimum licence term and a requirement for administrations to publicly announce plans for spectrum awards.

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EE and Nokia testing drones for extra coverage in "crisis" situations

by Kane Mumford — Aug 24, 2016 11:20 AM

The UK operator told PolicyTracker that drones would not be part of the day-to-day operation of the emergency services network (ESN) it will begin running next year, but they could be used to establish impromptu networks when there is "crisis".

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Spectrum noise is bad and getting worse, commenters tell FCC

by Dugie Standeford — Aug 24, 2016 11:25 AM

A Federal Communications Commission advisory group asked whether noise from unwanted radio frequency energy from man-made sources is on the upswing. The answer was a resounding "yes."

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Montenegro auction sought to "maximise" profit from spectrum

by Jaroslaw Adamowski — Aug 24, 2016 12:10 PM

The move runs counter to calls from the mobile industry and the European Commission to think more strategically about spectrum awards, but it looks like Montenegro put budget concerns first.

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T-Mobile Poland increases 4G coverage by 12 per cent in six months

by Kane Mumford — Aug 24, 2016 12:37 PM

The operator said it has invested PLN 800m (€187m) in increasing coverage from 83 per cent to 95 per cent and hopes to reach 98 per cent at 300Mbps by the end of the year. Historical crowd-sourced coverage data shows much lower figures, however.

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Nigeria "expects $1bn" from sale of analogue TV spectrum

by Kane Mumford — Aug 24, 2016 12:37 PM

The country hopes to use half of the proceeds from any auction to cover the $500m cost of partly subsidising DTT boxes for every citizen in the country, according to recent reports.

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5G vision risks being limited by proprietary standards, says Brussels

by Kane Mumford — Aug 24, 2016 12:38 PM

The warning comes as the US and the EU develop contrasting approaches to 5G - Brussels proposing an industrial plan while the US favours a hands-off approach.

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The PolicyTracker Monthly Edition: August 2016

by Jonathan Watson — Aug 01, 2016 04:15 PM

In this month's issue we report on the reaction of some European regulators to the European Commission's desire to enforce legally binding negotiating positions at WRCs and on Europe's preparations for moving digital terrestrial TV out of the 700 MHz band. We also tackle the FCC's plans for spectrum for 5G. Other topics covered include BB-PPDR, the US incentive auction and spectrum trading.

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Google will be the real winner in the FCC's incentive auction, says LPTV Spectrum Rights Coalition

by Kane Mumford — Jul 29, 2016 02:10 PM

The internet giant is not bidding for spectrum in the $86 billion 600 MHz auction, but Mike Gravino of the Low Power Television (LPTV) Coalition says that’s because it doesn’t need to. In an interview with PolicyTracker, he discussed "corporate welfare”, the squeezing of LPTV and Google’s spectrum plans.

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South African 700 MHz, 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz auction will be underway by March 2017, says regulator

by Kane Mumford — Jul 27, 2016 01:27 PM

That is in spite of the Department of Telecommunications & Postal Services (DTPS) taking legal action against the regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), for initiating the auction “without consultation or prior notification to the government”.

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BB-PPDR in Europe at risk without dedicated spectrum, says PPDR industry

by Kane Mumford — Jul 26, 2016 02:41 PM

The CEPT Electronic Communications Committee (ECC) has adopted harmonised technical conditions and spectrum for the implementation of broadband public protection and disaster relief (BB-PPDR) systems.

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Mobile operators to shift from "pure Wi-Fi" to unlicensed services tied to LTE, says report

by Dugie Standeford — Jul 25, 2016 01:44 PM

At least 90 per cent of mobile data will be carried over unlicensed bands anchored to variants of LTE by 2020, according to a report from research firm Mobile Experts. But it's still not clear whether there's any real need to aggregate unlicensed with licensed spectrum.

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