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WRC-23 will define Europe’s Digital Decade

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By adopting final positions ahead of World Radiocommunication Conference 2023 (WRC-23) that encourage 5G expansion, policymakers can help deliver Digital Decade goals and create a greener Europe that leaves no one behind in the digital age.

KSA leads global race in 5G… the future depends on spectrum

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Saudi Arabia today is one of the world’s leading 5G nations and has some of the fastest networks in the world. This leadership status is no coincidence but the result of a solid commitment to the development of mobile technology and years of planning. The country’s operators ...

Policymakers discuss maximising benefits of WRC-23 at MWC Barcelona

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Some of the world’s most prominent policymakers and mobile thought leaders joined us at the Ministerial Programme during MWC Barcelona to discuss how the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference 2023 (WRC-23) can be used for the benefit of billions all over the world.

The future of mobile spectrum debated at the GSMA Ministerial Programme

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Across three cross-regional roundtables at the GSMA Ministerial Programme, we hosted discussions on how industry, government and international organisations can work together to maximise the impact of spectrum.

Balanced 6 GHz decisions continue as regional and global trend

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Following a recent decision from telecom regulator IFT, Mexico has joined a growing number of countries that are keeping their regulatory options open for the 6 GHz band - an important decision for the future of 5G.

Setting the Stage for 6G

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For regulators, ministries, operators, vendors and researchers, spectrum policy for 6G is becoming increasingly important. 2023 will mark the beginning of a long journey for 6G as new studies initiate.

Spectrum Assignments: Balanced Pricing and Licence Conditions to Spur Mobile Growth

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In 2023, we expect to see a growing realisation among regulators and policymakers that spectrum pricing is key to unlocking the digital growth of nations. In return for more rational prices, there will be licence obligations demanding coverage of networks and quality of services.

Private Fashion: Vertical Set-Asides Versus Spectrum Capacity for Operators

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Private networks are an integral part of 5G, enabling industrial applications, logistics hubs, local campus networks and many more. However, private networks do not equal private spectrum. Asymmetric carve-outs are an aggressive regulatory tool that has a huge economic cost.

Digital Switchover: Unlocking Additional Low Bands in Emerging Markets

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This article is part of the Spectrum Policy Trends 2023 report. Download the full report for a handy compilation of the top six spectrum policy trends for 2023. Digital switchover (DSO) – the process of moving from analogue to digital terrestrial television (DTT) ...

New Spectrum for 5G: Adding Up the Mid-Band Maths

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2 GHz of mid-band spectrum will be required per market, on average, by 2030 to ensure the speed and quality of mobile, but there is no easy decision to be made as to how to satisfy that demand.

WRC-23: A Decisive Year for 5G Spectrum Allocation

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The ITU’s quadrennial World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC), taking place from 20 November - 15 December, will gather national administrations and telecom industry members to review and update the global use of radio frequencies.

Rwanda reverses decision to depend on a Single Wholesale Network

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Rwanda has reversed its decision to depend on a Single Wholesale Network for 4G, 5G and future technologies, through a new broadband policy which opens the door for better 4G penetration in all parts of the country and the launch of 5G in future.

Digital Switchover in Sub-Saharan Africa

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A successful Digital switchover (DSO) is vital as countries seek to maximise the economic value of their national spectrum assets.

Mid-band 5G spectrum crucial to economic growth in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Recent data from GSMA Intelligence has shown the importance of mid-band mobile spectrum to the Sub-Saharan African (SSA) economy by modelling the specific economic impact of 5G using mid-band spectrum.

Mid-band 5G spectrum crucial to economic growth in the Asia Pacific

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A recent data from GSMA Intelligence shows, for the first time, the specific economic impact of 5G using mid-band spectrum. The Asia-Pacific region is an early leader in 5G development and will use 5G connectivity as a powerful driver of GDP growth throughout the ...

Chile 6 GHz 5G decision follows global trend

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Chile's Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications has opened the door to using 6 GHz for 5G, reversing an earlier decision to make the whole band (5925-7125 MHz) available for Wi-Fi.

Spectrum roadmaps for 5G: Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam

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A clear spectrum roadmap for 5G, setting out forward-looking plans for spectrum supply and taking account of emerging spectrum needs, technological evolution and international developments, is essential.

5G gets boost in Kenya with successful spectrum assignment

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5G is taking its first steps in the Sub-Saharan Africa region, and with a successful mid-band assignment Kenya is positioning the country as a pioneer. But to maximise 5G’s socio-economic benefits, more spectrum is needed in the coming years. The last couple of years has ...

Successful 5G auction will bring India a bright digital future

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Thanks to a successful multi-band auction, 5G in India has taken a big step forward. The country’s mobile operators have been assigned mid- and high band spectrum to roll-out world-class 5G networks, with innovative services across a range of sectors that will maximise ...

Mobile 360 APAC: Building digital nations through affordable connectivity

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Spectrum was a prominent topic at the recent Mobile 360 APAC event on 2-3 August in Singapore. Participants from governments, regulatory bodies and the mobile industry engaged in lively discussions and exchanged views on the major spectrum policy topics impacting the future ...