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AWS-3 auction raises questions for broadcast incentive auction Premium

Feb 26, 2015 by Dugie Standeford

The $45 billion success of the US's recent AWS-3 auction has left many wondering how this might affect the spectrum incentive auction scheduled for next year.

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Ukraine completes 2.1 GHz band auction Premium

Feb 26, 2015 by Toby Youell

Spectrum caps and a lack of competition keep prices around $200 million.

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African administrations have yet to agree on C-band Premium

Feb 23, 2015 by Toby Youell

The African Telecommunications Union (ATU) held a conference this month in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, to settle on its preliminary positions going into WRC-15 this November.

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Ofcom says new mobile coverage obligations costing £5 billion shouldn't mean fees discount Premium

Feb 20, 2015 by Toby Youell

UK mobile companies were told that their deal with the government to improve roll-out would be borne in mind by the regulator when proposing annual licence fees. But Ofcom says the agreement does not affect their price-setting methodology.

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Jury still out on reserving 2 x 3 MHz for M2M in 700 MHz band Premium

Jury still out on reserving 2 x 3 MHz for M2M in 700 MHz band
Feb 23, 2015 by Toby Youell

Qualcomm is promoting a modification of Europe's 700 MHz bandplan to support a 2 x 3 MHz slot exclusively used for machine to machine communications (M2M), but vendors and regulators appear undecided on the initiative.

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Automotive radar spectrum in 77 GHz band could work for 5G Premium

Feb 18, 2015 by Dugie Standeford

Automotive radar spectrum in the 77 GHz band should be globally harmonised and made available for 5G mobile broadband uses, says Geoff Varrall, executive director of radio frequency technology consultancy RTT.

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What could replace GSM-R? Premium

Feb 17, 2015 by Toby Youell

For decades, Europe's railways have relied on a modified version of GSM to manage its communications and signalling, but GSM's anticipated obsolescence along with growing interference and capacity problems have provoked the European Railway Agency to take steps to replace the standard.

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Ofcom opens TV white spaces to spectrum database technology Premium

Feb 16, 2015 by Toby Youell

Uk regulator Ofcom has announced that it will now allow dynamic spectrum access (DSA) using databases to access the country's TV white spaces (TVWS) on a licence-exempt basis.

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US regulators to hold workshop on "model city" initiative Premium

Feb 16, 2015 by Toby Youell

The NTIA and FCC want to move their joint project to develop wireless "model cities" to the next stage.

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Argentina raises $2.23 billion from AWS/700 MHz auction Free

Feb 13, 2015 by Toby Youell

Argentina's communications ministry raised 14 per cent more than reserve price in auction.

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European broadcasters to be more vocal in spectrum campaigns Premium

Feb 10, 2015 by Toby Youell

The European broadcasting industry plans to focus on fostering a pan-European approach that considers digital terrestrial television (DTT) a crucial part of Europe's digital economy, says Olivier Huart, the new chairman of Broadcasting Networks Europe.

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UK government drops Ofcom into legal dispute with MNOs Premium

Feb 09, 2015 by Toby Youell

The UK government has told the country's regulator to adjust the annual licence fees (ALFs) it planned to levy on the use of the 900 MHz and 1800 MHz bands in order to take account of an ambiguous deal it struck with operators last December.

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FCC Commissioner says Dish abused rules in AWS-3 auction Premium

Feb 06, 2015 by Toby Youell

Statement follows $3 billion saving by Dish Networks in AWS-3 auction, thanks to its use of FCC rules designed to help small businesses gain spectrum.

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