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WRC-19 will consider the need for harmonised spectrum for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). The demand for spectrum appears to be very much driven by the types of services envisioned and whether there's a business case for them, and harmonisation may prove elusive.
Under the terms of the approach, the final text of which still has to be agreed with the European Parliament, EU member states will have to open up the 694-790 MHz band to mobile broadband services under technically harmonised conditions by 2020. Broadcasters will have priority access to the sub-700 MHz band (470-694 MHz) until at least 2030.
One of the aims of the "Space Renaissance Act" proposed in the US is to protect satellite access to spectrum in the 28 GHz band.
Questions over emergency prioritisation and pre-emption, an ambitious transition schedule and the all-important issue of coverage are all addressed in the latest comments from the government department that awarded UK mobile operator EE the contract to host the country's emergency services network (ESN).
Ofcom is consulting on a proposal to increase the amount of spectrum available to WiFi in the 5 GHz band.
WRC-15 outcomes are of considerable benefit to Qatar and will lead to key revisions of its spectrum plans, its regulator says.
The document suggests the US wants spectrum to be assigned using market-based approaches such as auctions.
A leaked document suggests there will be changes in the Electronic Communications, Networks & Services directorate, including changing the name of its “Spectrum” unit to “Radio Spectrum Policy”. In other news, EU telecoms ministers are to adopt a general approach to the 700 MHz band ahead of legislative negotiations.
US satellite TV firm Dish is the latest target for the short-sellers at Kerrisdale Capital, who argue that investors have overestimated the worth of its spectrum holdings.
If it were to leave the EU, the UK would no longer be bound by EU spectrum decisions. However, it is unlikely that the country would change its use of harmonised spectrum.
EC telecoms framework consultation responses suggest broad European support for spectrum harmonisation Premium
Following yesterday's report on the European Commission (EC) exploring the idea of handing more regulatory powers to the Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG), PolicyTracker takes an in-depth look at the results of the wide-ranging EC survey.
European Commission consultation explores idea of giving spectrum enforcement powers to RSPG Premium
One of the questions in the European Commission's recent consultation on its review of the EU regulatory framework for electronic communications asked respondents to consider the possibility of outcomes of cross-border coordination and equitable access efforts being enshrined in EU law. Many have interpreted this as a move towards giving legislative force to the RSPG’s “good offices” approach.
The European Commission rejected Hutchison’s proposal to offer capacity to Virgin Media and other mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs). The company is considering a legal challenge.