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FCC sets out C-band auction procedures

FCC sets out C-band auction procedures

The US’s Federal Communications Commission has established final application and bidding procedures for the auction of 280 megahertz of mid-band spectrum for 5G and other advanced wireless services. This auction…

Trump rescinds FCC Commissioner’s appointment

US President Donald Trump has changed his mind and rescinded the renewal nomination of one of his own Republican commissioners. Commissioner Michael O’Rielly’s 5-year term expired in June 2019. He…

Ofcom confirms 5G spectrum auction plans

Ofcom confirms 5G spectrum auction plans

UK comms regulator Ofcom has confirmed plans to auction spectrum to help improve mobile broadband and support the rollout of 5G, with bidding set to start in January 2021. According to…

SES, Harmonic partner for C-band transition

SES, Harmonic partner for C-band transition

Video delivery specialist Harmonic is to partner with satellite operator SES for technology upgrades associated with the SES transition plan filed with the Federal Communications Commission on June 19th, 2020.…

Ofcom updates rail connectivity plans

Ofcom updates rail connectivity plans

UK comms regulator Ofcom has published updated advice to the Government on the airwaves that could be used to improve broadband for rail passengers. In 2018, Ofcom provided initial advice…

Estimate: C-band auction to raise $40bn

Mobile data industry management consulting practice The Besen Group has launched a C-Band Spectrum Evaluation Tool for enterprises who are planning to bid at the upcoming FCC C-band auction in…

Luxembourg taps €41m from 5G auction

Luxembourg has raised more than €41 million from the 4 bidders for the tiny nation’s 5G licences. Overall the new licence holders will pay €41.3 million for 15-year operational licenses…

FCC kicks off 5G mid-band spectrum auction

The US Federal Communications Commission is beginning its first auction of licences for prime, mid-band spectrum suitable for 5G. The auction will offer county-based Priority Access Licences in the 3550-3650…

Portugal’s DTT migration further delayed

Portugal’s DTT migration further delayed

The process of releasing the 700 MHz frequency band, currently used for DTT and essential for the start-up of 5G in Portugal, has been postponed from August 3rd to August…

Intelsat did pay some CBA dues

Last week it was reported that SES Americom was arguing with Intelsat’s bankruptcy court that Intelsat should pay $1.8 billion in compensation and damages to SES because of an alleged…

FCC reveals 5G plan progress

FCC reveals 5G plan progress

In a blog leaning heavily on analogies with blockbuster movie Top Gun and its ‘Need for Speed’ tagline, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has set out the Commission’s activities in executing…

C-Band: SES wants $1.8bn from bankrupt Intelsat

SES Americom, the US division of the Luxemburg-based satellite operator, is seeking $1.8 billion (€1.5bn) in damages from Intelsat which is in bankruptcy. SES is alleging that Intelsat has breached…

FCC must keep “unwavering focus” on C-Band

The National Association of [US] Broadcasters (NAB) in a filing to the FCC said the transition plans submitted by the various satellite operators as to the impending changes to C-band…

UK/India OneWeb sole bidder

UK/India OneWeb sole bidder

Seemingly the UK and India were the solitary joint bidder for OneWeb’s assets. The UK government, in a statement on July 3rd, said it would provide $500 million (€444.9m), as…

10-year reprieve for UK analogue radio

10-year reprieve for UK analogue radio

Listeners of popular UK radio stations such as Classic FM and TalkSport will be able to access their favourite analogue shows for another ten years thanks to new government plans.…

Study: Lower 3 GHz band key to US 5G

Study: Lower 3 GHz band key to US 5G

The US needs to expand its 5G spectrum pipeline and license the lower 3 GHz band for commercial use in order to keep pace with other countries that are moving…

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