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Three loses final challenge to UK regulator’s auction plans
Feb 14, 2018
by Dugie Standeford

The UK Court of Appeal has dealt the final blow to mobile operator Three's challenge to the upcoming auctions of 2.3 GHz and 3.5 GHz spectrum. The regulator, Ofcom, says it will now quickly move forward. Read more...

RSPG chair says body will get new roles and responsibilities
Feb 13, 2018
by Kane Mumford

PolicyTracker understands that binding auction plan reviews are still on the table in European Electronic Communications Code discussions and that some EU member states are coming around to the idea. Read more...

Brussels wants no “excuses” over 5G spectrum release
Feb 12, 2018
by Kane Mumford

Roberto Viola, head of the European Commission’s directorate general for connectivity (DG Connect), told a conference in Brussels today that the release of the 700 MHz, 3.4-3.8 GHz and 26 GHz bands will be “the most important release of frequencies ever in Europe”. Read more...

Coverage, not revenue, is increasingly the goal of spectrum assignments
Feb 09, 2018
by Dugie Standeford

Some policymakers are starting to believe that coverage may be a more important policy objective for spectrum auctions than just filling government coffers. Read more...

Foundational standards set for Citizens Broadband Radio Service
Feb 08, 2018
by Toby Youell

The Wireless Innovation Forum has finalized the specifications for use of the 3.5 GHz band by commercial applications as part of the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS). Read more...

Hungarian mobile operators raided in competition probe
Feb 07, 2018
by Jaroslaw Adamowski

The Hungarian Competition Authority is investigating two Hungarian mobile operators over possible collusion in spectrum licence bids - a charge they strongly deny. Read more...

Network firm to use London’s lampposts to assist with coverage in busy areas
Feb 06, 2018
by Kane Mumford

The two mobile operators so far involved in UK network infrastructure firm Arqiva's project are understood to be focusing on providing extra capacity rather than new services. Read more...

Opinion: Have governments gone off free money?
Feb 02, 2018
by Toby Youell

Governments' enthusiasm for filling treasury coffers with auction cash seems to be waning. Is enthusiasm for market mechanisms declining? Read more...

Japan and China eye 4.5 GHz band for 5G
Feb 01, 2018
by Cyrus Yau

Japan's regulator and mobile operators have been focusing on the 4.5 GHz band as they race to launch 5G in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Read more...

France to press ahead with 4G and 5G plans
Jan 31, 2018
by Dugie Standeford

France is forging ahead on 4G and 5G rollout, with the regulator making spectrum available in the 3.4-3.8 GHz and 26 GHz bands for 5G trials, and the government unveiling plans to raise money for better rural 4G coverage from extended spectrum licences. Read more...