Trade body calls on Ofcom to modernise spectrum auctions

Fixed wireless trade body WISPA (Wireless Internet Service Providers Association) has called on Ofcom to modernise spectrum auctions.

WISPA believes Ofcom needs to ‘modernise the way it allocates spectrum resources’ because the current approach is outdated and ‘no longer fit for purpose’.

Spectrum allocation has become an even more contentious issue in recent years ahead of the rollout of 5G and IoT services.

David Burns, Chairman of...

By Ryan Daws, 18 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, IoT, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Spectrum.

Editorial: A look at Gavin Patterson’s five-year tenure as BT CEO

The CEO of BT, Gavin Patterson, is stepping down after a five-year tenure in the post which has seen the business go through substantial changes.

During his time, Patterson handled the mobile industry-shaking £12.5bn acquisition of the UK’s biggest mobile operator, EE.

Patterson also oversaw the split of the Openreach fibre broadband network from BT into its own company and worked to modernise the company’s IPTV offerings as OTT players like Amazon Prime aim to replace traditional...

T-Mobile’s 600 MHz rollout is now available in over 900 U.S areas

T-Mobile has announced its rollout of 600 MHz low-band spectrum has now reached over 900 cities and towns in the United States.

120 cities and towns have been added in T-Mobile’s latest update including New Mexico, Omaha, Nebraska, Maine, Augasta, and Los Alamos.

The operator has named its service ‘Extended Range LTE’ due to low-band spectrum’s characteristics of covering a larger area. In fact, the carrier says its signal carries twice as far from towers and is "four times better...

By Ryan Daws, 07 June 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, N America, Networks, Spectrum.

Policy group ETNO calls EU’s telecoms overhaul a ‘missed opportunity’

An overhaul of telecoms laws by the EU has been called a ‘missed opportunity’ by the association which represents Europe's operators.

ETNO (European Telecommunications Network Operators) said the Electronic Communications Code (ECC) “represented a once in a decade chance to simplify and improve the EU rules for the sector in the interest of European citizens and businesses.”

However, “this opportunity has been missed.”

The association believes the ECC...

T-Mobile is the latest to downplay 5G expectations

T-Mobile is set to launch 5G later this year, but an executive for the operator has downplayed what consumers should expect from the network at launch.

The operator is using 600MHz spectrum for its rollout in order to cover a large distance, but at a lower speed than competitors to begin with. T-Mobile predicts its 5G network will launch around 25-50 percent faster than its current 4G network.

Rivals AT&T and Verizon opt for smaller hotspots using millimeter wave which are often associated with higher...

By Ryan Daws, 26 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Spectrum.

Ofcom: 5G spectrum auction is complete – and here are the results

Telecoms regulator Ofcom has confirmed the completion of its milestone auction for 5G spectrum and is now ready to announce the results.

Ofcom ran a spectrum auction for two frequency bands – 2.3 GHz, and 3.4 GHz.

2.3 GHz is geared towards 4G use and will help to improve capacity as more devices and users congest networks. 3.4 GHz is the frequency most eyes are on, as it’s the primary band earmarked for 5G.

Philip Marnick, Spectrum Group Director at Ofcom, says:

By Ryan Daws, 05 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Capacity, Connectivity, Government, Industry, LTE, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Spectrum.

Ofcom’s 5G auction will proceed as Three’s court appeal fails

Mobile operator Three has failed its court appeal to force Ofcom to impose stricter restrictions on the sale of 5G spectrum in an upcoming auction.

Three, owned by Hong-Kong conglomerate CK Hutchison, is the smallest mobile operator in the UK in terms of subscribers. In terms of existing spectrum ownership, Three owns a 15 percent share of the market. For comparison — BT/EE holds a 42 percent share, Vodafone 29 percent, and O2 14 percent.

By Ryan Daws, 14 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Industry, Operators, Regulation, Spectrum.

Ofcom pushes ahead with 5G auction despite legal action from Three and EE

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom is going ahead with its 5G spectrum auction despite legal challenges from two of the four major operators.

Last month, the UK High Court threw out legal challenges by EE and Three with regards to Ofcom’s proposed spectrum caps for the auction. Three, the UK’s smallest major operator by subscribers, is now taking the case to the Court of Appeal.

Rules for the auction...

By Ryan Daws, 18 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Mobile, Networks, Regulation, Spectrum.

T-Mobile shows how its 600MHz rollout will affect coverage

T-Mobile has updated its coverage map to show how its new 600MHz network will affect coverage.

The map has been updated mere days after rumours circulated T-Mobile and Sprint have agreed on a merger-in-principle. It goes to show how T-Mobile is looking to further improve its coverage whether the anticipated deal passes regulatory approval or not.

By Ryan Daws, 29 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile, Networks, Research, Rural, Spectrum.

T-Mobile/Sprint rumoured to agree super-operator merger worth $88bn

After years of talk, T-Mobile and Sprint are rumoured to have agreed on a merger-in-principle deal which JPMorgan values at being worth $88 billion.

The deal will allegedly be announced in mid-September but will, of course, be subject to gaining regulatory approval.

Sprint chairman Masayoshi Son has been looking at T-Mobile for over five years as part of his goal to become a much stronger competitor to AT&T and Verizon. T-Mobile CEO John Legere is known for his ‘we will not stop’...

By Ryan Daws, 27 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Mobile, N America, Networks, Operators, Regulation, Spectrum.