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EU High Level Group divided on future use of 470-790 MHz Premium

Sep 01, 2014 by Dugie Standeford

Despite many areas of common ground, broadcasters and mobile operators in a European Commission (EC)-sponsored panel splintered over some aspects of a proposal for the future use of the 470-790 MHz UHF band, leaving its chairman without a consensus.

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FCC working group split over IMT allocation above 6 GHz Premium

Sep 01, 2014 by Dugie Standeford

A battle may be brewing over the possible future reallocation of spectrum above 6 GHz to international mobile telecommunications (IMT).

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China and Russia in no hurry to re-allocate 700 MHz band Premium

Aug 29, 2014 by Toby Youell

In the space of two months, two of the world's most populous countries have reportedly pushed back the use of the 700 MHz band for IMT beyond 2020.

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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 29, 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 29, 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 29, 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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