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Introduction

On October 24, 2017, the US regulator, the FCC, issued a proposal for comment to revise the rules governing the 3.5GHz band in an effort to better reflect the changes in technology and promote investment.

Highlights

  • As technology develops and the world progresses to next-generation services such as 5G, which has far greater capacity requirements, it will become important to explore alternatives to exclusive licensing frameworks.

Features and Benefits

  • Analyzes the FCC's proposed changes to the three-tier spectrum licensing framework.
  • Evaluates the ACMA's five-year spectrum outlook.

Key questions answered

  • What changes to the three-tier spectrum framework are recommended by the regulator?
  • What changes in the approach to spectrum licensing are recommended by the Australian regulator?

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  • Summary
  • Adopting alternative licensing regimes would encourage more efficient spectrum use and lay foundations for 5G deployment
  • Changes to the licensing and technical rules of the 3.5GHz band will provide operators with greater investment certainty
  • Spectrum holdings should be considered holistically rather than in separate bands to better reflect developments in technology

Appendix

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