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Book review: "The Political Spectrum" by Thomas W. Hazlett by Kane Mumford — last modified Jul 24, 2017 03:56 PM US spectrum guru Tom Hazlett, who was the chief economist at US regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the early 1990s, has written a spectrum thriller.
LSA will evolve into CBRS in Europe, says DSA by Kane Mumford — last modified Jul 21, 2017 12:14 PM PolicyTracker spoke to the head of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, Kalpak Gude, about the sharing-based approaches to using the 3.4-3.8 GHz band.
Polish audit office issues critical verdict on government's approach to spectrum management by Jaroslaw Adamowski — last modified Jul 19, 2017 01:32 PM Poland’s Supreme Audit Office (NIK) has released a report on the results of its probe into the spectrum management activities of the country's Ministry of Digital Affairs, including its controversial agreement with Sferia under which the operator obtained spectrum in the 800 MHz band.
European Council deals a further blow to the idea of binding EU-wide spectrum award reviews by Kane Mumford — last modified Jul 18, 2017 02:48 PM PolicyTracker understands that EU telecoms ministers are still largely against the idea of binding spectrum award reviews, but Council working group discussions are now more concerned with delivering a useful review process than protecting subsidiarity.
UK industry body split over 28 GHz by Kane Mumford — last modified Jul 13, 2017 01:05 PM The UK Spectrum Policy Forum’s mobile industry members say 5G deployment should be focused on globally harmonised bands but also think mobile services could be deployed at 28, 32 and 40 GHz.
Inmarsat CEO: spectrum policy integral to future of humanity by Kane Mumford — last modified Jul 12, 2017 12:07 PM Rupert Pearce, chief executive of Inmarsat, says that 5G will consist of “spectrum coalitions” to deliver heterogeneous networks.
UK operator declines to rule out legal action over regulator’s 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz auction plan by Kane Mumford — last modified Jul 11, 2017 02:45 PM UK mobile operator Three told PolicyTracker that it was considering its options with regard to Ofcom’s latest proposals on the upcoming auction of 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz spectrum.
Romania consults on potential 5G spectrum auction by Jaroslaw Adamowski — last modified Jul 06, 2017 12:08 PM Romanian regulator ANCOM is considering a “competitive selection procedure” to award spectrum in the 694-790 MHz and 1452-1492 MHz bands.
Only one operator involved in mobile broadcast talks by Kane Mumford — last modified Jul 05, 2017 12:53 PM Representatives of the broadcasting industry have challenged political and industry rhetoric that Europe is lagging behind the US in terms of spectrum release.
Signs of support for 5G in the 28 GHz band in Europe by Kane Mumford — last modified Jul 04, 2017 03:07 PM German regulator BNetzA has issued a spectrum plan that calls for examination of the frequency range at European level and industry association the GSA says Sweden has voiced support for 28 GHz. Meanwhile UK regulator Ofcom is expected to make a call for input on the 26 GHz band in the coming weeks.
Latin American countries urged again to free up more spectrum for mobile broadband by Dugie Standeford — last modified Jul 03, 2017 02:04 PM The ITU has suggested that by 2020, 1960 MHz should be allocated for an optimal performance of 3G and 4G and at least 35 per cent of that should be available for mobile broadband to achieve basic levels of service quality. A report for industry association 5G Americas found that only one Latin American administration has come anywhere near 35 per cent. What's the holdup?
Polish digital ministry eyes 700 MHz, 3.4-3.8 GHz and 26 GHz bands for 5G by Jaroslaw Adamowski — last modified Jun 29, 2017 02:47 PM Polish Minister of Digital Affairs Anna Streżyńska says the country is currently developing its 5G spectrum policy and modifying its spectrum allocation plans and related legal documents to ensure there will be adequate spectrum for 5G rollout.
EE spectrum boss says there is more room for European cooperation on PPDR standards by Kane Mumford — last modified Jun 28, 2017 02:32 PM The UK operator's head of regulatory strategy, Inge Hansen, told a conference in Brussels last week that it would be "good to have more European cooperation" on technical standards.
Operators and vendors target 3.4-3.8 GHz as first band for 5G in Europe by Kane Mumford — last modified 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.
Viewpoint: Why spectrum inequality is good for competition by Kas Kalba — last modified 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.
European Parliament supports strengthened RSPG by Kane Mumford — last modified 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.
Irish 3.6 GHz award winner concerned about rural customers’ broadband provision by Kane Mumford — last modified 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.
Belgian regulator “very surprised” by Broadband Belgium's decision to hand back its spectrum licence by Kane Mumford — last modified 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.
Four operators succeed in Saudi Arabia's first spectrum auction by Dugie Standeford — last modified 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.
Polish regulator consults on 2 GHz TDD spectrum and outlines 5G plans by Jaroslaw Adamowski — last modified 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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