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Splits over 5G spectrum widen, but regulators fail to see the big picture

Only a few 5G-targeted auctions have taken place so far, and they have provided few hopes that regulators are thinking as radically as they need to, if the new networks are to live up to their heavy burden of expectation. Cost-effective support for a huge range of new applications for consumers and vertical markets, enabled by wide spectrum bands and flexible, software-defined platforms, lie at the heart of the 5G vision. So, for many governments, does the idea that a larger community of service providers should be supported, either through a far more advanced version of the MVNO model, or by harnessing shared spectrum or even licences awarded for regional or industrial use. While most governments have roadmaps and vision…

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