Spectrum Blog

Spectrum Auction in Iceland moves ahead in May

By | May 8th, 2017|

In October 2016, the Iceland Post and Telecom Administration (Post-og Fjarskiptastofnun or PTA) published draft rules for an electronic auction of frequencies in bands 700, 2100, and 2600 MHz. Six parties submitted comments and the terms of the auction were updated to include licenses in the 800 MHz band. In March 2017, [...]

A Perspective on Spectrum to Deploy 5G – 600MHz, 3.5GHz and mmWave

By | May 5th, 2017|

How much spectrum is required for 5G? The short answer is a lot. The detailed answer varies according to each carrier’s spectrum holdings but most carriers will need to double or more than double their spectrum holdings to offer quality 5G services. Spectrum in different bands will [...]

Comparing 5G Now Between Canada and the US – Super Hot Spots & Mobile

By | May 5th, 2017|

There were 5G announcements in 2016 in Canada but few details in terms of concrete plans from mobile carriers. Of note are technology trials completed by Bell and Nokia, conducted using 73 GHz spectrum, as well as TELUS and Huawei in Vancouver, where speeds of up to 29.3 Gbps [...]

FCC’s Landmark 600 MHz Auction Ends; No-Regrets Prices

By | April 27th, 2017|

The FCC's 600 MHz auction ended March 28, 2017 with details released shortly thereafter... Licenses were sold at a “no-regrets” price of US$0.92 per MHz-pop – more than 60% “off” compared to AWS-3 and 35% less than 700 MHz licenses. And the winners were... some of the usual suspects, but [...]