5G spectrum auction consultation in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Communications Authority (CA) conducts two award consultations for an upcoming 5g spectrum auction. CA plans to award frequencies in the bands 600 MHz and 700 MHz. Besides, they also want to reassign spectrum in the band 850 MHz. The regulator organises the consultations together with the Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (SCED).

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Only Vodafone Ireland happy with the auction format

In Ireland, the consultation on the proposed draft multi-band auction regulations continues. The regulator ComReg published the non-confidential versions of the comments on its website. The only MNO who agrees with the proposed 5G auction format is Vodafone Ireland. The other three would like to see a different format.

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BIPT awards temporary 5G licences

Belgian regulator BIPT awarded temporary 5G licences in the 3600-3800 MHz band to five operators. Orange Belgium, Telenet Group, Cegeka, Entropia Investments and Proximus will get 40 MHz spectrum each. The provisional 5G licences shall be valid until an auction is organised.

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Slovakia launches 5G auction in the 700 MHz band

On the last day of March, the Slovak regulator published a call for participants in a 5G spectrum auction. Besides the 2×30 MHz in the 700 MHz – a pioneer band for 5G networks – the regulator will distribute also some unused spectrum in the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz band. Applicants can submit their offers by 25 May 2020.

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Slovak operators decide on 5G suppliers

Four Slovak mobile operators decide on suppliers for future 5G networks. The only operator who has it clear already is Orange. It announced cooperation with Nokia, reported Zive.sk. Slovak Telekom has not taken any decision yet. O2 Slovakia runs a tender to select a supplier. Finally, the fourth MNO 4ka admits being in touch with four suppliers: ZTE, Nokia, Huawei and Ericsson.

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Verizon achieves 4.2 Gbps in a live 5G trial

Verizon reached 4.2 Gbps speed on its 5G network. The US operator conducted a trial in Texas with Samsung, Motorola and Qualcomm. The companies applied carrier aggregation in the 28 GHz spectrum band. As a result, customers will enjoy unprecedented mobile speeds still in 2020.

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Technology and health

Electronic communications get people closer to each other. With the deployment of the next-generation mobile networks communications of people and even machines and things get to yet another level. Still, health concerns may halt technology advancements. Recently, two events prove that: cancellation of top event Mobile World Congress due to coronavirus; and Switzerland putting 5G rollout on halt due to health concerns.

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