PolicyTracker: the spectrum management newsletter

Operators and vendors target 3.4-3.8 GHz as first band for 5G in Europe

by Kane Mumford — Jun 26, 2017 03:10 PM

Lately operators have downplayed more grandiose claims on vertical use case and seem more focused on the evolution of 4G services.

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Viewpoint: Why spectrum inequality is good for competition

by Kas Kalba — Jun 23, 2017 12:16 PM

As soon as two mobile operators announce their plan to merge, the EU Competition Commissioner’s staff starts calculating how much spectrum the new entity will need to give up if the merger is to be approved. It’s like two car companies merging and being told to stop manufacturing three lines of automobiles and two types of pickup truck.

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European Parliament supports strengthened RSPG

by Kane Mumford — Jun 22, 2017 03:29 PM

A Radio Spectrum Policy Group with powers over spectrum policy coordination could overcome difficulties in reaching agreement between member states and the EU, an influential MEP has said. The RSPG itself and EU regulators' group BEREC continue to support a more flexible approach.

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Irish 3.6 GHz award winner concerned about rural customers’ broadband provision

by Kane Mumford — Jun 21, 2017 01:38 PM

The transition of licences from incumbents to new operators is due to be completed in August but had not started as of last week. The largest rural broadband provider, Imagine, says around 30 providers could be left without any spectrum.

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Belgian regulator “very surprised” by Broadband Belgium's decision to hand back its spectrum licence

by Kane Mumford — Jun 20, 2017 02:26 PM

A senior spectrum manager at the Belgian post and telecoms regulator BIPT told PolicyTracker it is still planing to auction 3.4-3.8 GHz spectrum in 2018.

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Four operators succeed in Saudi Arabia's first spectrum auction

by Dugie Standeford — Jun 19, 2017 01:56 PM

The auction of spectrum in the 700 MHz and 1800 MHz bands is part of the country's plan to modernise its communications sector. More spectrum releases are on the horizon, the regulator says.

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Polish regulator consults on 2 GHz TDD spectrum and outlines 5G plans

by Jaroslaw Adamowski — Jun 15, 2017 02:53 PM

Polish regulator the Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) launched a consultation on 9 June on the future use of the 2010-2025 MHz band. Marcin Cichy, the regulator’s president, has also revealed which bands will be prioritised for 5G use in the country.

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RSPG: 5G licence conditions cannot be harmonised at EU level

by Kane Mumford — Jun 13, 2017 02:43 PM

Europe’s Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) has joined EU governments in expressing doubts over more centralised spectrum policy. The group has also heard from EU member states about their 700 MHz migration plans.

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European Commission vice-president signals climbdown on BEREC proposal

by Kane Mumford — Jun 12, 2017 01:24 PM

Andrus Ansip, vice president of the European Commission in charge of the Digital Single Market, told telecoms ministers that the Commission was “prepared to improve” its proposal on making the regulators' body an EU institution. However, both BEREC and the Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) could see some changes.

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The European Commission is taking a tough line on the European Council’s spectrum powers concerns

by Kane Mumford — Jun 08, 2017 12:58 PM

Telecoms minsters will meet in Luxembourg tomorrow to discuss their position on the Commission’s proposed Electronic Communications Code (ECC) and are expected to continue to push back against further harmonisation of spectrum rules.

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Connect America Fund "reverse auction" structure worries satellite provider

by Dugie Standeford — Jun 07, 2017 03:05 PM

As the US regulator prepares for a reverse auction to expand broadband to underserved areas, ViaSat says the proposal to include latency in the weighting of bids could hamper its ability to provide services.

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European Parliament puts spectrum at the heart of its approval of 5G Action Plan

by Kane Mumford — Jun 06, 2017 03:08 PM

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) said the measures outlined in the European Commission's 5G Action Plan were a minimum requirement for 5G.

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Massive machine-type communications left out of 5G new radio ITU specifications

by Kane Mumford — Jun 05, 2017 12:36 PM

Narrow band-IoT (NB-IoT) will feature in a separate radio interface technology (RIT) proposal from 3GPP for the eventual ITU 5G standard.

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