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In the race to find 1200 MHz of spectrum for wireless data traffic by 2015, “there are merits” in developing a pan-EU strategy for the entire 470-790 MHz UHF band, says the Radio Spectrum Policy Group.
One of Germany’s two leading commercial broadcasters will abandon its current DTT distribution in one of its major markets at the end of this month. Is this the beginning of the end of DTT in Germany?
Several recent developments have led many to question the assumption that auctions are always the best way of assigning spectrum to mobile operators.
Qualcomm could be in line for a significant profit as its 40 MHz of 1.4 GHz L-Band spectrum, purchased relatively cheaply in a 2008 UK auction, is approved and deployed for supplemental mobile downlinks (SDL). However, the company denies it bought the spectrum for hoarding or speculation, saying it decided to promote SDL technology as soon as it realised that mobile TV broadcasting would not be workable.
Politicians should be taking a long-term view rather than thinking that spectrum auctions can replace state-owned telcos as a cash lifeline.