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    Get up to date on regulatory frameworks, rules and reforms, such as the EECC Track and compare fibre network rollout, co-investment, and national broadband policy across the globe Stay informed on advances in mobile connectivity and the implications for radio spectrum policy and assignment
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consumer protection

Consumer protection is a major focus in telecoms regulation. Subscribe to our standalone consumer protection intelligence service, and you’ll have direct access to all our expertise on this area. Our reliable, easy-to-understand reports and country-by-country comparisons cover topics such as:

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radio spectrum

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
  • Spectrum awards and assignments
  • Licence conditions and fees
  • Coverage

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latest intelligence

24 GHz spectrum auction closes with total bids reaching almost US$2bn
18 April 19 Elena Scaramuzzi

The US regulator, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced the closing of the clock phase of auction 102, started on 14 March 2019. The assignment phase will start on 3 May.

European Commission again raises serious doubt on German fixed termination rates
17 April 19 Dieter Kronegger

Whereas it is not surprising that the long dispute over the level of termination rates continues between the Commission and the German regulator, the Commission has recently become more lenient when it assessed notifications from Malta, Croatia and Ireland.

Vodafone instructed to amend broadband speed advert
17 April 19 Kyrylo Prymak

The UK advertising regulator, the Advertising Standards Authority, found that Vodafone’s advertising of its Gigafast Broadband plans was misleading as it referred to a range of different broadband speed packages but gave the impression that consumers could get 1 Gbps in the cheapest plan.

Canadian auction of the 600 MHz band raises US$ 2.6bn
16 April 19 Carolina Limbatto

In April 2019 Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) awarded 2x35 MHz of spectrum in the 600 MHz band for mobile broadband. ISED awarded 104 regional licences to nine successful bidders for CAD 3.47bn (US$2.61bn). The licences are for a 20-year term and include a schedule of coverage obligations.

EU Timeline
14 April 19 Javier Huerta Bravo

This edition of the EU Timeline highlights noteworthy events and the status of the most important regulatory developments at EU level for our clients over the next six months.

IFT spectrum unit identifies 5G spectrum bands for Mexico
12 April 19 Carolina Limbatto

The studied bands include 11,190 MHz in 600 MHz, 700 MHz, 2.5 GHz, 3.3–3.6 GHz and several bands above 24 GHz that will be discussed in the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019. Almost 70% of the identified spectrum is already freed and IFT will study reordering, migration and coexistence with other services and also transition from 4G to 5G technologies.

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