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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.

Island Hopping: Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and American Samoa

TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database includes comprehensive coverage of the world’s major telecoms markets—but we also profile some of the smallest principalities, republics, and territories in the world.

Here’s another peek at what’s happening in three unique island markets.

Mexican Standoff: Has AT&T Put a Dent in Telcel’s Dominance?

AT&T had high hopes when it entered the Mexican mobile market in 2015. But despite strong subscriber gains, the cellco faces an uphill battle in its mission to dislodge longtime market leader Telcel.

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.

Island Hopping with GlobalComms Database: A Look Inside Three New Country Profiles

TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database now covers a whopping 225 markets.

And some of our latest additions are small but mighty.

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.