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South Africa presses ahead with white space trials Premium

Nov 27, 2014 by Albert Lysko, principal researcher, CSIR

South Africa has completed one large TV white space trial and launched another, together providing connectivity to over 11,000 people. South Africa's state-backed research council the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has also developed a spectrum geolocation database, and a white space regulatory framework is now being drafted for discussion.

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Europe's RSPG opposes co-primary allocation for 470–694 MHz Premium

Nov 25, 2014 by Toby Youell

The mobile industry is unimpressed by some aspects of the draft RSPG Opinion, which is now out for consultation.

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Operators question the need for spectrum harmonisation Premium

Nov 24, 2014 by Toby Youell

Speakers at the European Competitive Telecommunication Association's (ECTA) regulatory conference also discussed the European Commission's Telecoms Single Market Package.

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Polish regulator presses ahead with 800 MHz/2.6 GHz auction Premium

Nov 20, 2014 by Jonathan Watson

Polish regulator UKE has relaunched its auction of spectrum in the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands, despite concerns about the rules of the contest raised by the country's mobile operators during previous consultations.

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ITU's flight tracking resolution is stripped of spectrum aspects Premium

Nov 19, 2014 by Toby Youell

The resolution creates an Agenda Item for WRC-15, and instructs ITU-R to publish a report beforehand.

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Stage is set for a "highly interesting" WRC in 2015 Premium

Nov 18, 2014 by Toby Youell

Regulators edged towards consensus on a number of issues for WRC-15 at the 2nd ITU Inter-regional Workshop on WRC-15 Preparation.

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Is SDL feasible in Europe's 470-694 MHz band? Premium

Nov 17, 2014 by Toby Youell

The use of the mobile downlink-only technology is advocated in Pascal Lamy's influential report.

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Will Republican control of Congress affect US spectrum policy? Free

Nov 21, 2014 by Dugie Standeford

The consensus seems to be that Republican control of both Houses of the US Congress will probably not lead to major changes in spectrum-related legislation and policy. However, an NAB lawsuit could affect the incentive auction.

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Africa won't support co-primary allocation of lower UHF band Premium

Nov 12, 2014 by Toby Youell

Abdoulkarim Soumaila, the secretary general of the African Telecommunications Union (ATU), says his priorities for WRC-15 are resolving the paper satellite problem and securing the 700 MHz band.

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Broadcasters' report rejects co-primary allocation of UHF Premium

Nov 11, 2014 by Toby Youell

Consortium of broadcasters argues that the report it commissioned disproves the economic case for a co-primary allocation of the UHF band.

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ANFR to hold another "spectrum and innovation" event Free

Nov 13, 2014 by Jonathan Watson

France's Agence Nationale des Frequences is holding another conference on spectrum and innovation on 27 November.

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EBU "forecast" for WRC-15: there may be trouble ahead... Premium

Nov 11, 2014 by Toby Youell

The EBU's annual conference on the future of broadcasting in Europe was dominated by preparations for WRC-15.

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UK government favours roaming despite MNO opposition Premium

UK government favours roaming despite MNO opposition
Nov 07, 2014 by Toby Youell

UK mobile operators are opposing the government's drive to implement national roaming, even though some of their senior engineers were closely involved in IET research that concluded roaming was a good way to improve network efficiency.

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