Spectrum Auction formats – SMRA vs. CCA

How can governments ensure that spectrum is entrusted to operators who will deliver quality service to the public at a reasonable price? For decades, auctions have been the preferred method for assigning spectrum licenses. When executed well, spectrum auctions promote fairness, transparency and efficiency. In this post, we will look at the most popular spectrum … Read more

Long Spectrum Auctions

Auctions have been used by governments to sell spectrum for years. Successful auctions organized by the US Federal Communications Commission in 1994-1996 popularized this method of spectrum allocation. That was generating huge revenues for the US government and becoming an example for other countries to follow. In Europe, the first attempts to use auctions for … Read more

Spain completes 5G auction in 700 MHz band

Spain completed 5G auction in the 700 MHz band. The bidding took only two days. The total proceeds from the auction exceed €1bn. Third 5G auction in Spain Spanish Ministry of Economy and Digital Transformation launched the spectrum auction in the 700 MHz band on 20 July. The auction closed on 21 July after 12 … Read more

Small and regional providers win 5G spectrum in Canada

Canada concluded the 3500 MHz spectrum auction on 23 July 2021. The minister of innovation, science and industry announced that as intended, small and regional providers increased their spectrum holdings. The minister thus expects that Canadians will benefit from higher-quality telecom services at competitive prices as a result of the auction. The total proceeds from the … Read more

ComReg spectrum award announced

Irish telecoms regulator ComReg announced 5G multiband spectrum award. More precisely, it published the information memorandum and starts accepting applications from bidders. This stage follows already after many months of preparations. ComReg will grant licences in the bands 700 MHz, 2.1 GHz, 2.3 GHz and 2.6 GHz. The applications will be accepted until 6 August. … Read more

Broadband map on Open Nettest portal

Broadband map of Open Nettest portal

There are several new interesting features in the most current version of Open Nettest public portal. One of those is the new broadband map. We spent considerable amount of time to understand how users use broadband map and how to improve that experience. Based on this understanding, we set several design goals that the new … Read more