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The mobile industry has expressed discontent with what it sees as a growing consensus among European institutions that would leave it with less additional spectrum identified for mobile broadband than it wants. The criticism comes amidst an earlier than expected consensus on some agenda items for WRC-15.
Europe's technical authority the ECC has agreed a new "work item" to develop harmonised conditions for mobile/fixed communications networks (MFCN) in the 450 MHz band.
US financial regulator the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is taking legal action against an Arizona-based firm and its backers over an alleged multi-million dollar fraud in which investors were encouraged to acquire securities based on licences for spectrum in almost worthless parts of the 800 MHz band.
Thai regulator the NBTC has relaunched its plan to auction the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands and raised the possibility of future auctions in the 2.3 GHz and 2.6 GHz bands.
The US National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is challenging the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) TV white spaces (TVWS) database system. Are its claims valid or is it, as one database administrator says, merely a political ploy?
A company whose main assets are spectrum and intellectual property is funding research into millimetre waves (mmWaves) in the hope of developing an infrastructure ecosystem based on the spectrum it owns.
Spectrum may be off the EU's agenda for the time being, but one member of the European Parliament (MEP) sees it as something that could benefit Europe's small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).
French telecoms regulator ARCEP has issued its first conclusions following a consultation on plans for managing spectrum to enable superfast mobile broadband services.
John Haine, RF technology innovation coordinator at the Internet of Things (IoT) chip and module-maker U-blox, told a recent conference in London that part of the 700 MHz band should be dedicated to the IoT on a licensed basis.
“Flexible harmonisation” seems to be the favoured approach to spectrum for public protection and disaster relief (PPDR), according to documents prepared ahead of WRC-15 and various other reports. There is growing consensus in some regions that 700 MHz is the key band for LTE PPDR communications.
The auction has ended but the criticism hasn't: industry leaders have condemned the high prices and a legal challenge claiming the process was flawed is due to be heard on April 16.
Featured this month: the European Commission's attempt to rejuvenate EU spectrum harmonisation policy; calls for a mobile allocation in 2.7-2.9 GHz; whether more licence-free bands are needed in Europe; and spectrum for the small satellite industry.
Francois Rancy has given a press conference at the conclusion of the second Conference Preparatory Meeting, explaining the areas of consensus and disagreement.