Spain raises €437 million after four days of its 5G auction

The Spanish government has raised €437 million ($510 million) after several days of its 5G spectrum auction involving four operators.

Spain was auctioning off spectrum in the 3.6GHz to 3.8GHz range suitable for launching 5G connectivity. A minimum of €100 million was set for the auction so final bids amounted to over quadruple.

Bids were made over a total of thirty-four rounds across four days.

The first four rounds had a minimum activity level of 60 percent. The next nineteen required 80 percent...

By Ryan Daws, 26 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Europe, Government, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Spectrum.

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WISPA believes Ofcom needs to ‘modernise the way it allocates spectrum resources’ because the current approach is outdated and ‘no longer fit for purpose’.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

EE converts 2G airwaves into 4G for ‘even faster speeds’

UK mobile operator EE has announced plans to convert some of its existing 2G airwaves into 4G to further improve the network’s speed and reliability.

More than 600 sites across cities including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh and Cardiff, will be upgraded over the next six months. The move is in preparation for devices with CAT-12 and CAT-16 modems to hit the market.

EE’s mobile sites are equipped with 20MHz of 1800MHz spectrum, and 35MHz of 2.6GHz spectrum....

By Ryan Daws, 11 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Infrastructure, LTE, Networks, Operators, Spectrum.

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.

Arqiva acquires 28GHz spectrum license ahead of 5G FWA trial

Communications infrastructure provider Arqiva has announced the acquisition of an additional 28GHz spectrum license ahead of the UK’s first 5G FWA field trial.

Global trials in countries leading 5G research including the USA, Japan, and South Korea have been utilising the 28GHz spectrum band for Fixed Wireless Access (FWA). The acquired Region A licence for 2x 112MHz covers Central and Greater London and bolsters Arqiva’s existing nationwide spectrum band ownership.

By Ryan Daws, 04 July 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Industry, Infrastructure, Innovation, Mobile, Spectrum, Standards.

Verizon says it is now acquiring Straight Path, gazumps AT&T on 5G spectrum

Verizon has announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Straight Path Communications for $3.1 billion (£2.41bn) – almost double the amount AT&T ventured when it announced its intent to buy the spectrum holder last month.

The company had been the subject of a bidding war since AT&T announced its acquisition intention on April 11, with Straight Path giving cryptic updates on new bids. On April 25, the...

By James Bourne, 12 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Networks, Operators, Spectrum.

T-Mobile sets out its plan for ‘truly’ nationwide 5G

Fresh off winning plenty of desirable 600 MHz spectrum in the FCC’s recent auction, T-Mobile has set out its plan for nationwide 5G.

T-Mobile spent $8 billion on low-band 600 MHz spectrum and has a plan to put it to use efficiently. Some of it will be used to expand and strengthen the operator’s existing LTE network, but a portion will be used to deliver ‘truly’ nationwide 5G coverage from coast-to-coast.

“5G will be amazing, and we can’t even imagine...

By Ryan Daws, 02 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Connectivity, Consumers, Industry, Mobile, Networks, Operators, Spectrum.

AT&T to acquire Straight Path for $1.6 billion

AT&T has announced its intent to acquire Straight Path Communications, which holds a nationwide portfolio of millimetre wave spectrum, for a total transaction value of $1.6 billion.

The deal complements AT&T’s January acquisition of FiberTower and augments the company’s holdings of mmWave spectrum, with the Straight Path portfolio including 39 GHz and 28 GHz licenses. The acquisition will support AT&T’s leadership in 5G, which will accelerate the delivery of new experiences for...

By Telecoms, 11 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Operators, Spectrum.

Straight Path settles spectrum dispute with FCC

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Straight Path Communications has reached a comprehensive settlement with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) related to the company’s wireless spectrum licenses, the company has announced.

As part of the agreement, the FCC has terminated its investigation of Straight Path, and now the company can move forward with the vast majority of its nationwide 39 GHz spectrum fully intact, and its 28 GHz spectrum unchanged.

Both 28 and 39 GHz, spectrum bands were the recent...

By Telecoms, 17 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Regulation, Spectrum.