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Huawei and NTT Docomo release licensed-assisted access test results Premium

Aug 27, 2014 by Toby Youell

Researchers claim LAA leads to a cell capacity 1.6 times greater than Wi-Fi in the 5 GHz band.

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Broadcasters and potential bidders challenge US spectrum incentive auction plans Premium

Aug 21, 2014 by Dugie Standeford

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is under attack from all sides over its proposals for the auction of 600 MHz TV broadcast spectrum for mobile broadband uses.

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EE opposes liberalisation of UK's signal booster regime Premium

Aug 19, 2014 by Toby Youell

Meanwhile, customers trying to get a better mobile signal face danger and uncertainty. The regulator Ofcom says self-installed boosters can lead to a prison sentence; one MNO call centre has recommended using them; and rogue vendors claim they are legal.

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Kroes to receive UHF High Level Group report next month Free

Aug 15, 2014 by Toby Youell

But the Digital Agenda Commissioner is due to step down by October so any decisions on the report will fall to her successor.

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Polish regulator's pedantry causes re-run of 1800 MHz tender Premium

Aug 13, 2014 by Jaroslaw Adamowski

One of the bids in the 2007 process was rejected by UKE because a single signature was missing on a single page. Poland's Supreme Administrative Court (NSA) has ruled that this was wrong and ordered UKE to hold the contest again.

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Are Brussels competition decisions hurting national mobile markets? Premium

Aug 12, 2014 by Dugie Standeford

Incoming European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker wants “European competition law with a continental spirit” to drive completion of the single telecoms market. But is this holding back the creation of true competition in national mobile markets?

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Mobile's most coveted spectrum bands pass hurdle for WRC-15 identification Premium

Aug 12, 2014 by Toby Youell

Reports on 19 candidate frequency bands for IMT have been concluded by the ITU-R's Joint Task Group.

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Infrastructure vendors battle over cellular Internet of Things standard Premium

Aug 19, 2014 by Toby Youell

Revolution or evolution? Huawei and Neul are sitting on one site of the fence with Nokia Networks and Ericsson on the other.

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US Congress investigates award of spectrum auction credits to Obama donor Premium

Aug 05, 2014 by Toby Youell

A House of Representatives Committee is to probe the FCC's decision to allow a venture capital firm to benefit from a rule designed for small business and minorities.

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German regulator cuts spectrum holdings following Telefonica/E-Plus merger Premium

Aug 05, 2014 by Toby Youell

The merged entity will lose its 900 MHz and 1800 MHz licences in 2015 not 2016, but could buy them back at auction.

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UK regulator reduces planned mobile spectrum fee increase by about 30 per cent Premium

Aug 04, 2014 by Toby Youell

The UK's mobile operators welcome the publication of a new consultation but point out that Ofcom still plans to increase annual fees by 383 per cent.

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The PolicyTracker Monthly Edition: August 2014 Premium

Aug 01, 2014 by Toby Youell

This month, we lead on a widely awaited ECC Report on the future of the 470 - 694 MHz band in Europe, as well as Brussels's preparations for broadband/broadcast convergence in the UHF bands. We also have updates from South Africa, Singapore, the USA and the Channel Islands, and news on spectrum sharing and "5G".

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Nokia launches wide-range 700 MHz LTE Broadcast trial Premium

Jul 31, 2014 by Dugie Standeford

Nokia Networks is trialling wide-area TV broadcasting using a single LTE frequency in the 700 MHz band.

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