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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US President Donald Trump has changed his mind and rescinded the renewal nomination of one of his own Republican commissioners.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 was originally nominated to the FCC by President Obama in November 2013 and confirmed for his term on the FCC in 2015. In March this […]

August 5, 2020By Chris Forrester

5G advances in Spain

Orange will start its 5G launch in September in five Spanish cities – Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Sevilla and Malaga – becoming the second Spanish telco after Vodafone to provide such services, according to Expansión. The operator will initially focus on the centre of those cities, offering about 20 per cent coverage in the first phase. […]

August 4, 2020From David Del Valle in Madrid

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 Ofcom, the auction will increase the total amount of spectrum available for mobile in the UK by nearly a fifth (18 per cent) – bringing […]

August 4, 2020By Colin Mann

Harmonic sees significant C-band opportunity

Video delivery specialist Harmonic has identified what it describes as a “several hundred million dollar opportunity” to re-engineer the video delivery systems relating to the FCC-mandated reclamation of C-band satellite spectrum for 5G, suggesting it fits squarely into the “sweet spot” of Harmonic’s expertise and market relationships. Speaking on the company’s Q2 2020 Results Earnings […]

August 4, 2020By Colin Mann

BT Q1 down 7% on Covid impact

BT has reported Q1 revenue of £5.24 billion (€5.8bn), down 7 per cent primarily due to the impact of Covid-19, including reduced BT Sport revenue and a reduction in business activity in its enterprise units. Adjusted EBITDA was £1.81 billion, down 7 per cent, driven by the fall in revenue and continued investment in customer […]

July 31, 2020

Nokia ups forecast

Nokia, thhe Finnish vendor, has improved cash generation and said these were “clear indications of a return to strength in mobile radio”. The firm also increased earnings-per-share year on year, despite the pandemic, seeing its profits rise 22 per cent to €316 million in Q2 despite quarterly revenues falling by 11 per cent or €5.1 […]

July 31, 2020

Forecast: 5G infrastructure spend to double

Worldwide 5G network infrastructure market revenue will almost double in 2020 to reach $8.1 billion (€6.9bn), according to the latest forecast by research and advisory company Gartner. Total wireless infrastructure revenue is expected to decline 4.4 per cent to $38.1 billion in 2020. Investment by communications service providers (CSPs) in 5G network infrastructure accounted for […]

July 28, 2020

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. The pair will work together to fast-track this deployment, freeing up spectrum for 5G while simultaneously enabling SES’s C-band customers to maintain the quality and […]

July 28, 2020

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 to the UK Government on how demand for on-board data services for passengers is likely to grow in the coming years; and on the types […]

July 27, 2020By Colin Mann

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 December 2020. The Besen Group estimates that the spectrum auction will raise over $40 billion (€34.1bn) with the average cost of $0.46 per MHz-POP for […]

July 27, 2020