German operators can pay the 5G licence later in exchange for extra LTE coverage

German federal government drives the expansion of mobile networks by offering postponing of 5G licence fee payment in exchange for development of LTE networks in rural areas. The government signed agreements with the four MNOs Telekom, Vodafone, Telefonica and 1&1 Drillisch on coverage of 99% of households by the end of 2020 in exchange for extending the payment obligation for 5G licences awarded in June this year until 2030, reported DPA.

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French regulator ARCEP presents experimental 5G projects

More than a dozen projects have responded to the call of the French government and the regulatory authority ARCEP from January to create experimental 5G platforms. The platforms in the 26 GHz frequency band (so-called “millimetre” frequency band) shall be open to third parties and promote and identify new uses of 5G. The selected projects relate to areas such as logistics, smart city, mobility and coverage of sporting events.

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Austria consults on another 5G auction with a bonus element

Austrian regulator RTR has published draft auction conditions for the second 5G auction planned for the spring 2020. The auction design is innovative in incorporating bonuses as investment incentives. The pool of frequencies for sale includes: 6 blocks in the 700 MHz band, 12 blocks in the 2100 MHz band and 8 blocks in the 1500 MHz band.

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Polish regulator UKE imposes a fine for violation of open internet regulation

Polish regulator UKE imposed a fine of PLN 15,000 on an ISP Skynet for violation of the open internet regulation. The provider failed to meet the requirement to specify the minimum, usually available and maximum download/upload speeds in the customer contracts.

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BEREC Net Neutrality Measurement Tool – Implementation Workshops

The new BEREC Net Neutrality Measurement Tool will be available later in 2019. Many European regulators are waiting for this, as they are planning to implement the crowd-sourcing tool at their agency. Alternatively, they might have an existing system and are not sure what the best approach in regard to the new tool would be.

Now it is the perfect time for regulators to start planning the implementation in their own country. Specure is the optimal implementation partner, with rich experience from previous projects and innovative solutions. That is why from September, Specure offers a series of introductory, on-premise workshops for its customers and partners.

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Switzerland deals with cantons’ moratoria on 5G networks

In February 2019, Switzerland successfully distributed attractive frequencies for the next generation mobile broadband networks. Operators have been preparing themselves for the launch of 5G as early as possible. However, some cantons have imposed moratoria for construction of 5G networks due to health concerns.

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Czech Telecommunication Office deployed a new network comparison portal

A new portal qos.ctu.cz has been successfully deployed by the Czech Telecommunication Office (CTU), allowing the public to check the quality of Czech mobile networks. The portal combines results of expert measurements, user data gathered within the application Netmetr and theoretical calculations. CTU wants to extend the tool with additional functions and services, including information about the quality of fixed broadband internet.

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Switzerland knows the winners of 5G auction

Swiss regulator Bakom has successfully awarded frequencies in the 5G auction after eight working days. All three established mobile operators Swisscom, Salt and Sunrise gained frequencies in the bands 700 MHz, 1400 MHz and 3500 MHz. The total proceeds from the auction were nearly CHF 380 million.

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