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GSMA issues report on 5G spectrum auction concerns

GSMA issues report on 5G spectrum auction concerns

The GSMA has raised concerns about 5G spectrum auction design “artificially inflating prices, or inefficiently distributing already scarce spectrum resources, which risk harming consumers”. “Auctions can and do fail when poorly designed,” said Brett Tarnutzer, the GSMA’s head of spectrum. “We’re seeing a worrying trend of badly run spectrum awards that could seriously impact the potential of 5G before we get started. It’s time for policymakers to work more closely with stakeholders to enable more timely, fair and effective awards.” To support this the GSMA has published an auction best practice paper, which highlights concerns from recent 4G and 5G spectrum awards and offers recommendations. Among these: the top priority for spectrum auctions should be to support affordable, high quality mobile services – not to maximise revenues; auctions should not be the only award process considered, as they are not always suitable; and a sufficiently large amount of spectrum should be assigned and roadmaps published to support high quality mobile services, as set-asides for vertical sectors or new entrants may threaten how much operators can access and also risk inflating spectrum prices. According to GSMA Intelligence, the socioeconomic impact of 5G will be $2.2 trillion over the next 15 years, with key sectors such as manufacturing, utilities and professional/financial services benefiting the most from the new technology. Read more

  • Wednesday, 15 May 2019

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