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.

UK hands £25m to 5G testbeds as Ofcom confirms next week’s auction

The UK government and its bodies are upping 5G preparation by providing new testbed funds and confirming next week’s spectrum auction.

UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom has confirmed it will hold its next spectrum auction on Tuesday 20th March. Slices of 4G and 5G spectrum will be sold off to operators looking to expand their portfolios.

All the major mobile operators — EE/BT, O2, Vodafone,...

By Ryan Daws, 12 March 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Government, Industry, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Regulation.

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.

China paves the way for virtual telecom operators

China has announced plans to grant licenses to virtual telecom operators for the first time in an attempt to shake up the market.

The market is currently dominated by state-owned China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom. Virtual operators use the networks of established players and lease capacity from them.

Interestingly, licenses will even be granted to foreign-invested virtual telecom operators.

By Ryan Daws, 24 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: China, Government, Industry, Networks, Operators, Regulation.

CMA declares Murdoch’s Sky takeover ‘not in the public interest'

Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch’s hopes for an unhindered takeover of Sky has been tarnished as the CMA (Competition and Markets Authority) declares such a deal would not be in the interest of the public.

Murdoch owns some of the world’s most influential media properties which has raised concerns about their power to sway public opinion. Critics believe a complete takeover of Sky would further reduce the public’s access to a diverse range of views and news sources.

While the CMA’s ruling...

By Ryan Daws, 23 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Government, Regulation.

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.

Lord Adonis: Dear Ofcom, fix ‘deplorable’ mobile coverage

The chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission, Lord Adonis, has written a letter to the head of Ofcom calling for the telecoms regulator to fix ‘deplorable’ mobile phone coverage.

In the letter, Lord Adonis says the regulator should “put all options on the table” to improve mobile phone coverage between now and the next mobile spectrum being auctioned.

Large parts of the country remain without reliable coverage

By Ryan Daws, 18 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Infrastructure, Mobile, Networks, Regulation.

Net Neutrality: Fraudulent identities used “to corrupt the FCC’s notice and comment process”

A letter signed by the New York State Attorney General has accused the FCC of refusing to cooperate with an investigation into the fraudulent use of Americans’ identities to corrupt the public comment process with regards to altering net neutrality rules.

Eric T. Schneiderman claims his office has been investigating, for the past six months, who perpetrated a large scheme where ‘enormous numbers’ of identities were...

By Ryan Daws, 22 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Government, Industry, N America, Net Neutrality, Regulation.

Net neutrality is at threat again – and the FCC hopes your Thanksgiving turkey will distract you

Updated US regulators are expected to reverse fairness rules, implemented during Obama’s era to protect net neutrality, while many journalists are out the office.

Net neutrality is the idea that all businesses and consumers should be treated by internet providers the same — to most people, that seems fair.

Some ISPs argue that some companies put greater demand on their networks than others; such as Netflix. Without net neutrality rules, ISPs could ask for more cash from a company like Netflix so their...

By Ryan Daws, 21 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Government, Industry, N America, Net Neutrality, Operators, Regulation.

FCC clears over-the-air 4K TV broadcasts

The FCC is paving the way for over-the-air TV to catch up with cable and on-demand services by permitting 4K broadcasts.

While 4K content available to viewers of cable and on-demand services remains limited, those who still watch over-the-air broadcasts have been unable to watch any live content in the higher resolution due to FCC rules.

Commissioners voted 3-2 to give TV stations permission to start broadcasting in the...

By Ryan Daws, 17 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadcast, Consumers, Regulation.

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.

NBN CEO: ISPs are to blame for dissatisfaction

Bill Morrow, CEO of Australia’s NBN, has placed the blame on ISPs for customer dissatisfaction.

The NBN (National Broadband Network) was designed to improve the nation’s connectivity and ensure Australia has the required infrastructure for businesses and consumers to embrace the digital future. Over half the country is now able to connect to the NBN, and it has over 2.2 million paying customers, but not everyone is happy.

ISPs are ‘cutting corners’ by not buying enough...

By Ryan Daws, 31 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Capacity, Connectivity, Consumers, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators, Regulation.

Operators call for EU policy reform ahead of 5G rollout

The CEOs of many large European operators around the continent have signed an open letter calling for ‘genuine’ reform of the EU with regards to spectrum policy ahead of the rollout of 5G networks.

Telecoms ministers are due to meet in Tallinn, Estonia tomorrow (18th July, 2017) for a meeting on the conditions needed for the successful deployment of 5G technology in Europe.

Ahead of the meeting, the CEOs of Deutsche Telekom, GSMA, KPN, Orange, Telecom Italia,...

By Ryan Daws, 17 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Europe, Industry, Operators, Regulation, Spectrum.

Murdoch’s Sky takeover bid is referred to competition authorities

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch was dealt a blow today as culture secretary Karen Bradley announces decision to delay his Sky takeover bid and refer it to competition authorities.

Concerns have been raised about Murdoch’s grip on the media and the influence this can have on consumers if the coverage is not impartial or rounded with alternating views. Bradley told the Commons that UK telecoms regulator Ofcom concluded the deal would result in the Murdoch family having "increased influence"...

By Ryan Daws, 29 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Industry, Regulation.

GSMA urges EU telecom ministers to consider its suggestions ahead of reform plan

The GSMA has urged European telecoms ministers to seek for greater ambitions on telecoms framework reforms, as the discussion for amendments to the draft European Electronic Communications Code in an EU Council meeting looms.

The group has enlisted considerations that they believe are important in advancing Europe’s goals for 5G and a Gigabit Society. Bringing reforms to the spectrum policy is the most vital step in leading Europe to its 5G goals, the GSMA says. Creation of a more predictable, certain...

By Telecoms, 09 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Europe, Operators, Regulation.

How public safety LTE network adoption is gaining momentum in 2017

Public safety 4G/5G LTE technology will reach the mainstream markets after 2020 as trials and deployments gain momentum across the world, according to the latest global market study by ABI Research. Hardware revenue is expected to grow by 30 percent annually, reaching $540 million in 2025.

The United States, UK, and South Korea markets will host the world’s first three operational public safety LTE wireless networks by the end of 2017 or early 2018. Many countries will likely follow, either through a...

By David H. Deans, 08 May 2017, 1 comment. Categories: 5G, IoT, LTE, Networks, Regulation.

BT ordered to compensate rivals £22 million interest after overcharging for backhaul Ethernet services

BT has been ordered to dig into its pockets for the second time after a tribunal decided that interest was due on the original settlement amount in a case where the company was found to have overcharged rivals for backhaul Ethernet services.

First brought forward in December 2012, Ofcom ruled BT overcharged its rivals £95m for the five years between 2006 and 2011 – and will pay the excess back to Cable & Wireless Worldwide (now Vodafone), Sky, TalkTalk, Verizon, and Virgin Media.

The...

By Ryan Daws, 05 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Infrastructure, Networks, Operators, Regulation.