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Turkish multiband auction garners 3.36 billion euros Premium

Aug 28, 2015 by Dugie Standeford

Mobile operators Turkcell, Vodafone and Avea were the winners in the 26 August contest, with proceeds far exceeding the government's reserve price of 2.33 billion euros. The winning bids are subject to an approval process.

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FCC withdraws auction bidding credits for Dish companies Premium

Aug 26, 2015 by Dugie Standeford

Dish now owes the regulator billions of dollars even though the corporate structure they set up to take advantage of the small business discount followed previous FCC precedent.

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Global divisions on mobile in C-band revealed in WRC-15 preparatory meetings Premium

Global divisions on mobile in C-band revealed in WRC-15 preparatory meetings
Aug 27, 2015 by Toby Youell

Europe's C-Band proposals are being opposed by the Asian regional grouping and have yet to win the backing of the African nations. However, there is emerging global support for an IMT identification in L-band.

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Polish regulator denies claims that auction may be cancelled Premium

Polish regulator denies claims that auction may be cancelled
Aug 24, 2015 by Toby Youell

Bids in the joint 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz auction have risen steadily over the past seven months and now total over 1.4 billion euros. The auction rules have been criticised by operators.

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Indian Cabinet adopts spectrum sharing guidelines Premium

Aug 20, 2015 by Toby Youell

The move is one of five recommendations for improving spectrum policy made by an influential thinktank.

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WRC-15 may establish 700/800 MHz as global option for broadband PPDR Premium

Aug 17, 2015 by Toby Youell

If WRC-15 decides to identify spectrum in the 700/800 MHz band for LTE-based public protection and disaster relief (PPDR) networks, it could secure the commercial viability of the PPDR sector.

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UK fixed broadband operator plans 4G in DECT guard band Premium

Aug 17, 2015 by Toby Youell

A UK fixed broadband provider says it has been working on offering an LTE service in the DECT guard band since early 2013.

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PPDR sector rejects German 700 MHz duplex gap proposal Premium

Aug 13, 2015 by Toby Youell

European ministries of the interior, commercial suppliers and industry associations have jointly rejected a German proposal to provide a 2 x 10 MHz block of spectrum for broadband public protection and disaster relief (PPDR) services in the 700 MHz duplex gap.

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Europe still divided over 2.7–2.9 GHz band Premium

Aug 12, 2015 by Toby Youell

A disagreement over Europe’s Common Position for WRC-15 on the 2.7–2.9 GHz band pivots on whether the band really can be shared between mobile broadband and incumbent radar applications by segmenting the latter in the upper part of the band.

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Chorus of boos greets FCC's finalised incentive auction rules Premium

Aug 10, 2015 by Dugie Standeford

In a series of orders given the green light on 5-6 August, the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) edged closer to the long-awaited broadcast spectrum incentive auction, now due to begin on 29 March 2016.

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FCC proposes five high frequency bands to be studied for 5G Premium

Aug 06, 2015 by Toby Youell

US regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is to propose studying five specific bands above 24 GHz for 5G use so they can be considered at WRC-19.

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French regulator allows more operators to use 1800 MHz for LTE Free

Aug 06, 2015 by Toby Youell

French regulator ARCEP has brokered a deal with the country’s mobile operators that will give Free Mobile more spectrum in the 1800 MHz band in return for allowing Orange and SFR to operate LTE in the former GSM band.

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UHF spectrum may be allocated for small satellites at WRC-19 Premium

Aug 27, 2015 by Toby Youell

A new proposal says more spectrum is needed for the space operation service to accommodate the expected large growth in small satellite deployments.

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