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Get in-depth knowledge on the latest developments in radio spectrum with our dedicated radio spectrum intelligence service. Offered as a standalone subscription, this is a unique library of reports and historical data on spectrum assignment, licence conditions, and auction design, forming an essential independent resource for regulators and operators. Topics covered include:

  • Spectrum allocation in harmonised bands
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latest intelligence

Argentina regulates MTRs for the first time
20 August 18 Carolina Limbatto

Enacom set a symmetric per-minute mobile termination rate (MTR) of 1.08 US$cents. This rate will apply until Enacom defines a cost model to set mobile interconnection rates. Until today MTRs have been set commercially in Argentina.

American Tower and Algar Telecom buy fibre backhaul networks in Brazil
10 August 18 Andre Moura Gomes

The US tower infrastructure company American Tower and the Brazilian regional fixed and mobile operator Algar Telecom bought from CEMIG fibre backhaul network assets in Brazil. The deal was announced on 8 August 2018.

AT&T and Telefónica acquire all lots offered in Mexico’s 2.5 GHz auction
09 August 18 Elena Scaramuzzi

The Mexican telecoms regulator, IFT, announced the results of the combinatorial clock auction to award 120 MHz of spectrum in the 2.5 GHz band. All offered licences were awarded to AT&T and Telefónica. As a result of this spectrum auction, AT&T will hold the highest percentage of mobile spectrum licensed in Mexico.

Italian regulator fines TIM, Vodafone and Wind Tre for aggressive commercial practices
09 August 18 Stefano De Luca

AGCOM, the Italian telecoms regulator, fined TIM, Vodafone and Wind Tre a total of €3.2m for aggressive commercial practices. AGCOM found that the operators were threatening to register customers who were late with payments in a blacklist database (S.I.Mo.I.Tel.), without respecting the required registration conditions set by the data protection authority.

FCC announces first above 24 GHz spectrum auctions for 5G services
07 August 18 Elena Scaramuzzi

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), approved the auction procedures and schedule to award spectrum in the 28 GHz and 24 GHz bands (Auctions 101 and 102). The US regulator also started a public consultation to assign spectrum for 5G services in the upper 37 GHz, 39 GHz, and 47 GHz bands.

Italian regulator confirms right of end users to have a free choice of broadband router
07 August 18 Stefano De Luca

The Italian regulator, AGCOM, published decision 348/18/CONS, clearly stating that end users have the right to have a free choice over which broadband router they use. According to AGCOM, internet service providers (ISPs) cannot require end users to rely exclusively on those broadband routers which the ISP itself supplies to access the internet.

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