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Amidst heightened security concerns, the French government has decided to reserve 2 x 8 MHz of spectrum for LTE-based PPDR as part of their arrangements for the upcoming 700 MHz band assignment.
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According to figures presented at the Small Cells World event recently, 11.2 million small cells had been shipped globally by the end of 2014, compared to 176 million Wi-Fi access points.
Spectrum policy is absent from the political agreement reached two years after the European Commission released its original proposals.
The European Parliament’s “conference of presidents” will have to settle a dispute between parliamentary committees over who gets to scrutinise the European Commission’s next round of spectrum proposals.
This month we report on the decision by European administrations to oppose IMT identification for UHF spectrum between 470 and 694 MHz. We also assess the progress made towards digital switchover in ITU Region 1 and the continuing discussions in the US about next year's incentive auction. Updates from France, Germany and Italy focus on the 700 MHz band.
French telecoms regulator ARCEP has revealed further details about its planned 700 MHz band auction, which is due to take place before the end of this year.
The FCC says it plans to introduce new rules designed to prevent the kind of behaviour that led to Dish saving $3 billion in the AWS-3 auction earlier this year.
European administrations have agreed to oppose adding a series of key bands to the list of those allocated to mobile and identified for IMT at this year’s World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15).
A proposal by the US regulator to save at least one vacant channel in the UHF band for TV white space devices and wireless microphones when TV stations are repacked after the spectrum incentive auction has angered two FCC commissioners, broadcasters and the low-power TV (LPTV) community.
The German regulator, Bundesnetzagentur, raised €5.1 billion in its auction of the 700 MHz band, the GSM bands (900 MHz and 1800 MHz) and the L-band (1452–1492 MHz).
Chip designer Qualcomm has introduced a new technology intended to combine the business models of Wi-Fi providers with the technology of mobile operators.
Nine years on from the GE-06 agreement on broadcasting in ITU Region 1 (Africa, the Middle East and Europe), just over a third of administrations have completely replaced analogue broadcasting with digital transmissions.
Italy may struggle to meet a possible 2022 deadline to make the 700 MHz band available for mobile broadband, according to a representative from its regulator.