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Hong Kong 2.1 GHz auction to be held this year Premium

Sep 23, 2014 by Jonathan Watson

Hong Kong’s Office of the Communications Authority (OFCA) has issued an invitation to participate in an auction of spectrum in the 2.1 GHz band. The contest will be held in December this year.

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Broadcasters, mobile operators and others challenge FCC incentive auction plans Premium

Sep 19, 2014 by Dugie Standeford

Stakeholders concerned about various aspects of next year's US spectrum incentive auction have filed 30 petitions asking the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to rethink its plans. It's unlikely the challenges will stall the auction.

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Car radar proposals worry radio astronomers Premium

Sep 17, 2014 by Dugie Standeford

The potential allocation of the 77.5-78 GHz band to car radar services poses an “existential threat” to radio astronomy, according to an international committee that studies spectrum requirements for passive radio sciences.

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Wholesale LTE network launches in Rwanda Free

Sep 18, 2014 by Toby Youell

olleh Rwanda Networks has launched a FDD LTE network in the 800 MHz band.

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France hopes it can overcome NATO opposition to L-Band IMT identification at WRC-15 Premium

Sep 15, 2014 by Toby Youell

A crucial vote in Europe's Conference Preparatory Group (CPG) later this month will determine whether the continent will advocate identifying swathes of valuable L-band spectrum for IMT at WRC-15, despite NATO's opposition to the proposal.

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Two commissioners to drive Europe's harmonised approach to spectrum Premium

Sep 12, 2014 by Dugie Standeford

The new president of the European Commission has asked Günther Oettinger to develop a harmonised approach to spectrum, but he is to report to Andrus Ansip, who will be responsible for reforming the telecoms market.

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European Commission publishes spectrum inventory report Premium

Sep 10, 2014 by Toby Youell

The report lists under-used bands and advocates spectrum sharing to avert a spectrum crunch.

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PMSE users slam EC spectrum harmonisation plan Premium

Sep 09, 2014 by Dugie Standeford

European Commission plans to harmonise two spectrum bands across Europe for wireless audio equipment use will harm cultural and creative industries and threaten press freedom, according to representatives of the programme-making and special events (PMSE) industry.

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South Korea proposes removing barrier to IMT use of 2 GHz MSS spectrum Premium

Sep 08, 2014 by Toby Youell

A former senior official in the Canadian regulator has expressed confidence that the ITU-R will authorise a band plan for mobile broadband use of a 2 x 30 MHz block of spectrum in the MSS 2 GHz band.

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ITU mulls broader access to information and documents Premium

Sep 05, 2014 by Dugie Standeford

The ITU is considering whether and on what terms it might be able to broaden public access to its documents and information.

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Moldova assigns 800/900/1800 MHz spectrum Free

Sep 11, 2014 by Toby Youell

The country's three incumbents have picked up licences in three bands.

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Germany blocks use of MSS S-band for in-flight connectivity Premium

Sep 03, 2014 by Toby Youell

Competition between two rival technical solutions for in-flight connectivity is causing disagreement at EU level.

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The PolicyTracker Monthly Edition: September 2014 Premium

Sep 02, 2014 by jonathanwatson

This month we report on the findings of the European Commission's advisory group on the future use of UHF spectrum for TV and wireless broadband. We also ask whether decisions by EU regulators on competition in mobile markets are in tune with the aims of national regulators and whether it is time to open up ITU-R meetings.

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