Friday, 24 November 2017

The FCC and the ACMA: opposite ends of the spectrum

By Nick Wood, Total Telecom
Thursday 13 April 17

Two watchdogs on different sides of the planet, and with different approaches to regulating the market, end up facing similar problems.

The first thing you will notice about this week's Friday Review, is that it is being published on a Thursday. This is not some time-warping new editorial policy that completely ignores the Gregorian calendar and laws of physics. It is because tomorrow the U.K. is off on its Easter holidays. With that bit of admin out the way, let's crack on. Two spectrum stories this week served to highlight the tricky balancing act that regulators must perform in order to capitalise on the 5G opportunity. First, Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) on Monday warned the government that state-owned broadband wholesaler NBN Co currently holds frequencies in the 3.4 GHz and 3.7 GHz bands that could prove vitally important for future 5G services. Later that same day, on the opposite side of the world, AT&T agreed the $1…

The first thing you will notice about this week's Friday Review, is that it is being published on a Thursday. This is not some time-warping new editorial policy that completely ignores the Gregorian calendar and laws of physics. It is because tomorrow the U.K. is off on its Easter holidays. With that bit of admin out the way, let's crack on. Two spectrum stories this week served to highlight the tricky balancing act that regulators must perform in order to capitalise on the 5G opportunity. First, Vodafone Hutchison Australia (VHA) on Monday warned the government that state-owned broadband wholesaler NBN Co currently holds frequencies in the 3.4 GHz and 3.7 GHz bands that could prove vitally important for future 5G services. Later that same day, on the opposite side of the world, AT&T agreed the $1…

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