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The European Commission has relaunched its campaign for greater pan-EU spectrum harmonisation, even though EU telecoms ministers have removed spectrum provisions from their discussion of the “telecoms single market (TSM)” or “connected continent” package.
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is to revisit the “designated entity” (DE) scheme that enabled two companies backed by satellite operator Dish to claim more than $3 billion in discounts on the licences they won in the AWS-3 auction.
A new “space-space radar” service should be written into the Radio Regulations so that spectrum can be allocated at WRC-15 and then made available for a satellite that will clear space debris, according to Dominique Bovey of the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland.
The success of Wi-Fi and the expected growth of the Internet of Things has led to renewed interest in licence-exempt spectrum, but consultants hired by the European Commission have tentatively suggested there is already enough of this spectrum available in some bands.
The Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) group set up by mobile operators to forge a consensus on 5G has issued a white paper outlining their vision for the new generation of mobile connections.
Half a million euros are up for grabs in a competition organised by the European Commission to make a breakthrough in decentralised spectrum sharing.
Ofcom has issued compliance notices to the two holders of pan-European licences for 2 x 15 MHz in the S-band (1980–2010 MHz and 2170–2200 MHz).
Spectrum above 6 GHz should be considered for future 5G IMT mobile communications but not to the detriment of the satellite, broadcast, space, radio astronomy or aviation industries, said the respondents to an Ofcom consultation.
The GSM Association and PolicyTracker jointly organised a Q&A with Jonas Wessel, Director at the Spectrum Department in the Swedish regulator. In the following transcript, Wessel emphasises his conviction that broad allocations of spectrum for mobile will give regulators flexibility.
Swedish regulator PTS believes the 2.7–2.9 GHz band is underused and should be jointly allocated to mobile at WRC-15.
Preparations for WRC-15 within regional group reveal subtle differences between Arab states and other parts of Region 1.
A high profile fight over the digital switchover (DSO) process between analogue broadcasters and the government has left millions of Kenyans without access to any TV at all.
Canada has completed another auction as part of its ongoing efforts to release as much spectrum as possible for mobile broadband.