Band(s) on the run

Posted on Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The last few weeks have been full of stories about (potential 5G) spectrum, mostly mid-band, some of it positive, some of it controversial. At least we cannot complain that the issue is being ignored (as it often was in the past). Some recent tidbits: Brazilian regulator (Anatel) head, Jaurez Quadros “clarifies” that the 3Ghz band […]

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Spectrum wars in Chile

Posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The usually well-managed and relatively calm Chilean regulatory scene has exploded over the past few months into open warfare between the operators, the regulator and the courts. The implications for mobile broadband are huge. The opening salvo concerned the 3.5GHz band. On June 20th, 2018, Chilean regulator Subtel suspended the use of this band pending […]

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IoT, Digital Transformation and faster cat videos

Posted on Thursday, August 02, 2018

This thought went through my mind at three separate times in the last week. Once when listening to a new survey on Internet use in Colombia, once when reading a Nokia announcement about a contest to find interesting IoT applications in Brazil and once when reading an email from TMForum. First the Nokia contest because […]

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GSMA Agrees with me: Spectrum costs are too high

Posted on Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Yesterday I complained that high spectrum prices were limiting network deployment, especially in emerging markets. I said that the desire to maximize state revenue was compromising the objective of making countries more competitive through advanced technologies. But I am just some guy sitting at his laptop in Bogotá so why should you listen to me? […]

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Brazil announces new spectrum pricing rules. Why not throw them out completely?

Posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Today the Brazilian regulator, ANATEL, announced a new spectrum pricing framework. A general article (in Portuguese) can be found here. The regulatory document is here. According to the news article – no I am not going to read the actual document, sorry – the formula tries to capture the value that an operator will derive […]

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