Pete Bell

Pete Bell is a Research Analyst for TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database and also contributes to the daily CommsUpdate newsletter. He has a particular interest in wireless broadband and was responsible for TeleGeography’s 4G Research Service until it was integrated into GlobalComms.

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North and South: Contrasts in Korea

As tensions on the Korean peninsula continue to mount, there is an increasing focus on the North Korean regime under Kim Jong-un.

The country has strict controls on communications, which have been criticized by human rights bodies such as Amnesty International.

Iraq and Roll: Telecoms in Kurdistan

The Iraqi region of Kurdistan recently voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence.

While the political machinations will continue for some time—with Iraq, Iran, and Turkey all having spoken out against the prospect of an independent Kurdish state—the vote has prompted us to take a closer look at the region’s telecoms markets.

5G Battle: U.K. Telcos Dispute Auction Rules

Two of the U.K.’s four mobile network operators have announced their intention to challenge regulator Ofcom’s planned 2.3GHz and 3.4GHz spectrum auction.

Storm Warning: Preparing Communications Systems for a Hurricane

The recent hurricanes that have devastated parts of the U.S. and Caribbean have shown what powerful storms can do to communications systems. But they’ve also highlighted the major role those same systems can play in helping rescue and recovery efforts.

This is why government agencies, first responders, and utility companies ensure that they’re better prepared than ever when threatened with such disasters.

The Jio Effect: How the Newcomer Made an Impact in India

The second most populous nation in the world, India has the second largest mobile market behind China. By March 2017, India was home to 1.17 billion mobile subscribers, up from 1.03 billion 12 months earlier and 969.89 million in March 2015.

Despite this, cellular penetration is comparatively low at around 90 percent at Q1 2017. This is just under the typical 93 percent among countries with a similar per-capita GDP, but well below the regional average of 100 percent.

Pole Position: A Closer Look at Poland’s Telecoms Market

Poland’s telecoms market is one of the largest in Europe. According to the country’s Office of Electronic Communications, it was worth a whopping PLN39.47 billion ($10.5 billion) in 2016.

Here’s how the market is evolving in 2017.

A Timeline: How Europe's Altice Made its Mark in the U.S.

The recent sale of shares by Altice USA has brought the company firmly into the spotlight, with the $2.15 billion deal becoming the largest initial public offer (IPO) by a U.S. telco since AT&T Wireless shares hit the market in 2000.

Radio Czech: Government Readies 3.7GHz Auction

The Czech Republic is set to auction spectrum in the 3.7GHz band (3600MHz-3800MHz), which can be used for future 5G mobile services.

Fixed Growth: Wired Broadband Still Expanding

At the end of 2016 there were 923 million fixed broadband subscribers globally.

While facing competition from high speed mobile data services, growth rates have fallen from almost 40 percent in 2005 to 8 percent in 2016. However, there's room for expansion in the fixed sector.

The Road to 5G: Not Such a Straight Path

Verizon Communications has succeeded with its $3.1 billion takeover move for Straight Path Communications, giving it access to the potentially crucial 5G-suitable millimeter wave (mmWave) spectrum, including 28GHz and 39GHz licenses. Straight Path had been a target of AT&T, but Verizon came up with a much bigger offer.

What does this mean for the future of 5G mobile services in the U.S.?