US regulator expands satellite use of 17 GHz spectrum
The United States telecoms regulator, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), adopted new rules for use of spectrum in the 17 GHz band. The decision allowed access to the 17.3–17.7 GHz band by geostationary satellite orbit space stations to increase FSS downlink capacity and provide better service for broadband services users. The FCC asked for comments whether this band should be made available for non-geostationary satellites operations (i.e. satellite constellations).
US regulator considers 12.7 GHz Band for 5G
The United States telecoms regulator, Federal Communications Commission (FCC), is consulting on the repurposing of up to 550 MHz in the 12.7–13.25 GHz band for next-generation wireless services, including 5G and 6G. The FCC proposes two options, that new entrants could share the band with incumbent users or that incumbent users could relocate to other spectrum or technologies.
Romania awards 420 MHz of spectrum for €432.6m
The second multiband 5G auction concluded with the award of spectrum in the 700 MHz, 1452–1492 MHz, 2.6 GHz and 3.4–3.8 GHz bands to Orange, RCS&RDS and Vodafone.
Colombia opens 1,200 MHz of 6 GHz spectrum for unlicensed Wi-Fi use
The Colombian ICT Ministry, Mintic, and the National Spectrum Agency, ANE, opened the entire 6 GHz band for unlicensed Wi-Fi use, allowing only low-power indoor applications (LPI).
Costa Rican regulator to recover unused 3.5 GHz spectrum
The Costa Rican Controller mandated the Telecommunications Ministry, Micitt, and the regulator, Sutel, to recover spectrum unused or not efficiently used by telecommunications operators. The state-owned operator, ICE, agreed to return 125 MHz of 3.5 GHz spectrum that is not being used.
Spain launches 26 GHz auction
The Ministry for Digital Transformation published on 5 November 2022 the rules to auction 2.80 GHz in the 24.70–27.50 GHz band for electronic communications services.