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Spectrum

There is a growing acknowledgement that traditional spectrum policy of direct and specific allocation may not be not the right way to deal with inevitable increased demand. Various solutions range from sharing spectrum bands to developing secondary markets and providing incentives to non-market users for better usage of this scarce resource. Regulators and policy makers face the challenge of balancing innovation and investment with regulation.


Key speakers on Spectrum

Adriana Labardini Inzunza

Adriana Labardini Inzunza

André Merigoux

André Merigoux

Carl Povelites

Carl Povelites

Charley Lewis

Charley Lewis

Chris Evans

Chris Evans

Cletus Bertin (Dr)

Cletus Bertin (Dr)

Talks on Spectrum

  • Q&A with Takorn Tantasith

    Q&A with Takorn Tantasith
    Interview with Mr. Takorn Tantasith,  Secretary General of NBTC, Thailand.   Read

More InterMedia articles on Spectrum

  • A TMT Agenda

    H Sama Nwana makes a passionate case for promoting TMT and not just telecoms in Africa – a case that could benefit all developing nations.
    June 2015, Volume 43 Issue 02

  • Gearing up for Regulation 2.0

    Georg Serentschy develops the regulatory picture in Europe and argues for a much more ambitious agenda for investment.
    March 2015, Volume 43 Issue 01

  • Q&A Ulf Pehrsson

    With ulf pehrsson, Ericsson's head of government and industry relations
    April 2016, Volume 44 Issue 01

  • Making Access Universal

    Universal access and service programmes are vital to extending broadband to all parts of a country. Antonio GarcIa Zaballos discusses the findings of a comparative report.
    June 2015, Volume 43 Issue 02

  • The agenda for spectrum

    Martin Cave and William Webb, authors of a new book on spectrum management, set out trends in usage and an agenda to improve spectrum use

    April 2016, Volume 44 Issue 01

  • Dark Clouds?

    Are regulations being applied to cloud computing in a way that stimulates innovation, asks Kuan Hon.
    January 2016, Volume 43 Issue 04

  • Public Interest Test

    Continuing our coverage of spectrum auctions, Stefan Zehle explores further the pitfalls and implications for the public purse, drawing on key examples from the past decade.
    March 2015, Volume 43 Issue 01

  • Business as usual? Not any more!

    The US FCC is proposing a new name and a new regulatory framework for ‘special access’ services, as JONATHAN JACOB NADLER explains.
    October 2016, Volume 44 Issue 03

     

  • Facilitating Innovation

    We shouldn’t be complacent that the regulatory approaches of today will be enough to support innovators in the era of the internet of things, says JEREMY GODFREY.

    January 2017, Volume 44 Issue 4

  • Radio Crossroads

    Richard Womersley sets the scene for the upcoming world radio conference, where the agenda for mobile spectrum is likely to dominate proceedings.
    September 2015, Volume 43 Issue 03

  • Spectrum Analyser

    A comprehensive book on spectrum policy is reviewed by marc  beishon. The key theme is liberalisation and its limitations and future.
    January 2016, Volume 43 Issue 04

  • Spectrum Clash

    The pressure on terrestrial broadcasters to give spectrum to the mobile sector shows no sign of letting up. Roland Beutler, at Germany's Südwestrundfunk, a regional public broadcaster, puts his side of the debate.
    September 2015, Volume 43 Issue 03

  • Taking Stock of 5G

    The hype about the next generation of mobile technology is likely to gather pace in the next few years, but currently there is a lot of scepticism about whether it qualifies as an integrated, great leap in progress, as Marc Beishon finds in this round-up
    July 2016, Volume 44 Issue 02

  • The Agenda for Europe

    GEORG SERENTSCHY sets out the agenda for Europe in 2017, which looks likely to be critical in developing aspirations for the digital single market.

    January 2017, Volume 44 Issue 4

  • TV in a mobile world

    Can broadcasting make the step into an increasingly mobile world? Roland Beutler discusses technology and business models in the context of public service remits, mobile network operators and the new world of 5G.
    October 2016, Volume 44 Issue 03

Regulatory Watch articles on Spectrum

  • India recommends infrastructure sharing

    The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has recommended it should be mandatory for telecoms operators and tower firms to share in-building infrastructure in residential and commercial complexes and large public places like malls, hotels and airports...

  • Iran sets out new plan for telecoms

    The obligations of Iran’s ministry of communications and information technology have been set out as part of a five-year economic, social and cultural development plan (2016-2021), reports the Financial Tribune, an Iranian economic newspaper.

  • US incentive auction enters final stage

    The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has said its incentive auction to repurpose broadcast spectrum for mobile operators is entering its closing stages, with minimum bid requirements met, notes Mobile World Live.

  • UK body urges competitive mobile landscape

    Make The Air Fair, an initiative established to urge UK regulator Ofcom to curb BT’s dominance of the mobile industry, has received support from more than 100,000 people for a proposed cap on the amount of spectrum operators can own, repots Mobile World Live.

  • Argentina targets convergence in telecoms market

    Argentina’s National Entity for Communications (ENACOM) has signed a decree that establishes guidelines aimed at improving convergence within the Argentinian telecoms market,...

  • Nigeria shapes up for spectrum trading

    The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has commenced moves to develop a clear-cut framework and guidelines that will usher in a secondary market for spectrum trading in the country, Today.ng reports.

  • GSMA makes detailed response to Europe’s draft communications code

    Mobile body, the GSMA, has published a position paper on the European Commission’s reform proposals set out in the draft Electronic Communications Code. The report stresses overall support for the Commission’s intent and focus, while proposing improvements in certain key areas.

  • Germany plans ‘gigabit society’ infrastructure

    The German government has laid out a plan to roll out infrastructure for 1 Gbps download speeds in the country by 2025, reports Telecompaper.

  • PTS discontinues auction of the 700 MHz band

    The Swedish government has decided that the 694-790 MHz frequency band should be available for terrestrial television broadcasting subject to a permit obligation up to and including 31 May 2018, which revokes the decision made by the government in 2014 to release the space for other use.

  • GSMA makes policy recommendations on 5G

    Mobile industry body, the GSMA, has called on governments and regulators to commit to supporting the needs of 5G in the lead-up to the World Radiocommunication Conference in 2019 (WRC-19). “Although the mobile industry, academic institutions and international standards-making bodies are developing the technologies central to 5G, success will depend heavily on affordable access to the necessary amount of spectrum,” says John Giusti, chief regulatory officer, GSMA.

  • Two mobile operators vie to be become Singapore’s number four

    Singapore fibre start-up MyRepublic and Australian telco TPG Telecom have been given the nod to proceed to the auction phase of the upcoming race to become Singapore’s fourth mobile network operator (MNO), reports TeleGeography.

  • South Africa’s ICT paper makes waves with national wireless infrastructure plan

    The South African government has approved its ICT Policy white paper, which has been in development since 2012, with the document outlining the establishment of a wireless open access network (OAN), reports TeleGeography.

  • Much to digest in Europe’s telecoms reform

    The European Commission’s substantive review and recasting of telecoms regulation, announced in September, is still being digested. Law firm Latham & Watkins has one of the best digests on the web. As the authors say: “The new regulations are meant to support several of the Commission’s far-reaching strategic connectivity objectives...

  • WiFi and LTE agree to move ahead without regulation

    A ‘minor miracle’ occurred recently when the Wifi Alliance announced a testing plan for coexistence between WiFi and LTE over unlicensed spectrum, writes Roslyn Layton in Forbes. “The episode illustrates that competing parties can find a mutual agreement without litigation or regulation, even in instances of sharing fiercely loved resources such as unlicensed spectrum.

  • US issue proposed rules on business data services

    The US FCC has issued proposed rules on business data services (BDS), sometimes referred to as ‘special access’, which are enterprise data services that are a fundamental part of the US economy.

  • IoT gets news standards release

    The potential of the internet of things (IoT) is said to have ‘advanced significantly’ as oneM2M, the global standards initiative for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and the IoT, has published a new set of specifications, Release 2.

  • FCC first to open up high frequencies

    The FCC has adopted new rules for wireless broadband operations in frequencies above 24 GHz, making the US the first country to make this spectrum available for next generation wireless services. The rules open up nearly 11 GHz of high-frequency spectrum for flexible, mobile and fixed use wireless broadband

  • Spectrum order in the Philippines

    The chief of the new Philippines Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has ordered the inventory of used and unused telecoms spectrum, reports Telecom Asia.

  • Much to digest in Europe’s telecoms reform

    The European Commission’s substantive review and recasting of telecoms regulation, announced in September, is still being digested. Law firm Latham & Watkins has one of the best digests on the web.

  • 5G consultation opened in Europe

    The European Commission has opened a consultation on a coordinated introduction of 5G networks in Europe.

  • South Africa plans to double mobile broadband coverage

    Reuters reports that South Africa aims to double its mobile broadband coverage to 80% of the population by 2019, according to the country's telecoms minister, who added that the government wants to reduce the high cost of communications.

  • Portugal enforces mobile coverage conditions

    In a decision of 7 April 2016, Portuguese telecoms regulator Anacom rejected full-service operator Nos's appeal against the watchdog's previous decision of 10 March 2016, which effectively brought into force the full gamut of 4G service coverage obligations for all holders of 800 MHz mobile licences auctioned in December 2011, reports TeleGeography.

  • French regulator’s spectrum plans

    After assigning the 700 MHz band in 2015, France's regulator, Arcep, is working on more frequency allocations for the next two years.

  • ITU updates regulatory report

    The latest edition of ITU's annual global ICT regulatory report, Trends in Telecommunication Reform 2016, "charts and analyses the challenges and opportunities facing today's ICT regulators as services proliferate, platforms converge and network operators ready their infrastructure for the next round of data-intensive technologies, from 5G mobile to the internet of things (IoT)".

  • IoT: few special needs

    BEREC, the body of European regulators, has published a report, 'Enabling the internet of things', in view of the European digital single market review.

  • Norway’s ‘e-coms’ plan

    Norway's transport and communications minister, Ketil Solvik-Olsen, says a document has been drawn up concerning the development of electronic communications infrastructure, with the aim of ensuring digital employment in Norway.

  • Sweden’s low prices; market day in April

    Swedish postal and telecoms regulator, PTS, has reported that the prices in Sweden for telephony and broadband are low compared with the rest of the world.

  • South Korean operators baulk at high spectrum prices

    South Korea’s three mobile network operators – SK Telecom, KT Corp and LG Uplus – are said to be forming a silent alliance in response to the government’s decision to set the largest-ever reserve price for the spectrum auction due to be conducted next month, reports TeleGeography.

  • Australia’s mobile broadband strategy

    Australia’s regulator, the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), has outlined its strategy for addressing the growth in mobile broadband capacity and an associated work plan.

  • Chile says no to ‘4.5G’

    Chile’s undersecretary of telecommunications, Pedro Huichalaf, has announced that operators will not be permitted to use the term ‘4.5G’ to describe the evolutions of LTE technology currently being rolled out, describing the early use of the term as “an excess of commercial enthusiasm”.

  • ITU and Cisco issue IoT report

    A report from the ITU and Cisco identifies the internet of things (IoT) as a major global development opportunity that has the potential to improve the lives of millions and dramatically accelerate progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

  • World radio conference decisions so far

    Spectrum needed for the operation of short-range high-resolution automotive radar has been allocated in the 79 GHz frequency band at the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15), currently meeting in Geneva from 2 to 27 November.

  • Spectrum Auction Update

    NBTC moved the 900 MHz auction from November to December while keeping the 1800 MHz auction schedule.

  • FCC announces incentive auction bid prices

    The FCC has released a list of final opening bid prices for broadcasters for next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz spectrum, and said the top opening bid price in the reverse part of the auction, where broadcasters will sell spectrum to the FCC, will be for a station in the New York City metropolitan area at $900 million, reports Fierce Wireless.

  • French law gives operator sharing power to regulator

    France’s ‘La loi Macron’, an act on growth, business and equal economic opportunity, of 7 August 2015, gave ARCEP, the country’s communications regulator, a new power ...

  • Two spectrum books

    There are two new books on spectrum that should appeal to policymakers and regulators.

  • GSMA pushes for mobile spectrum

    John Giusti, deputy chief regulatory officer at mobile operator group GSMA, has commented on the outcome of the final meeting of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity’s Conference Preparatory Group (APG)

  • Microsoft extends white spaces pilot to India

    Microsoft is working with the Andhra Pradesh government in India on a TV white spaces project, the technology that uses unused TV spectrum to deliver low-cost internet connectivity, notes NDTV.

  • India approves spectrum sharing

    India has approved regulations allowing operators to share spectrum, reports Telecom Asia, but “while the development has been welcomed by India's mobile industry, the terms and conditions – including proposed extra charges – have not gone over so well”.

  • Low power IoT project up and running

    The GSMA has announced its Mobile IoT initiative, a project backed by 26 of the world’s leading mobile operators, OEMs, chipset, module and infrastructure companies, designed to address the use of low power wide area (LPWA) solutions in licensed spectrum.

  • FCC offers spectrum help to small businesses

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted an order that aims to help small businesses participate in spectrum auctions and the wireless marketplace.

  • Singapore proposes spectrum for new entrants

    Singapore's telecoms regulator (IDA) has proposed setting aside 60 MHz out of a total of 225 MHz of new spectrum at a lower reserve price in a separate auction to be open only to new entrants, reports Mobile World Live.

  • ITU publishes latest telecoms trends report

    The ITU has released the latest edition of Trends in Telecommunication Reform 2015, its report on global ICT regulatory developments. It "reveals a fast-evolving ICT landscape, as devices and services proliferate, broadband connectivity becomes increasingly pervasive, and the hyper-connected world of the internet of everything starts to become a reality".

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