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Ofcom to consult again on annual licence fees for GSM bands Premium

Jul 25, 2014 by Toby Youell

The UK regulator has confirmed that it intends to hold another consultation on its annual licence fees for the GSM bands.

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Verizon, Qualcomm and Ericsson to test spectrum sharing Premium

Jul 24, 2014 by Dugie Standeford

Verizon, Qualcomm and Ericsson are seeking approval from the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to field-trial spectrum sharing technology in the 3550-3650 MHz band.

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South African spectrum deals may anger smaller operators Premium

Jul 24, 2014 by Dugie Standeford

South Africa's failure to set rules for secondary spectrum trading could affect proposed deals involving four of South Africa's major mobile providers and anger smaller players, according to one telecoms consultant.

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Should European legislation be changed to accommodate small cell backhaul at 60 GHz? Premium

Jul 21, 2014 by Toby Youell

A UK company that provides core technology for 60 GHz backhaul solutions for small cells has told PolicyTracker that legislation is making their solutions much more expensive to implement in Europe than in the US.

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Colombia identifies over 1400 MHz of spectrum for IMT Free

Jul 22, 2014 by Toby Youell

The Colombian government and its independent spectrum regulator have jointly published a report identifying 1440 MHz of spectrum that could be used for IMT.

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UHDTV standardisation kicks off at World Cup Premium

Jul 17, 2014 by Toby Youell

BBC tests live UHDTV on both DTT and IP platforms at global sporting event.

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New framework to spur TVWS innovation in Singapore Premium

Jul 15, 2014 by Dugie Standeford

Rules for TV white space (TVWS) operations approved by Singapore's Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) will open up around 180 MHz of spectrum, potentially helping to turn the state into a TVWS testing and development hub.

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“Jury still out” on UHF broadband/broadcast convergence Premium

Jul 14, 2014 by Toby Youell

A study presented at a European Commission workshop on broadband/broadcast convergence tentatively concludes that an economic and technical case has yet to be made for such convergence in the UHF bands.

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France should appoint a spectrum commissioner, study says Free

Jul 11, 2014 by Toby Youell

A new study of spectrum policy in France advocates the use of licensed shared access (LSA) in the 2.3 GHz band and the appointment of a "spectrum commissioner".

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Could data be sent on radar radio waves? Premium

Jul 09, 2014 by Toby Youell

Orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) encoding could allow radars and communication services to share the same radio waves, according to Friedrich Jondral of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. This would enable mesh networks on radar spectrum.

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US government agencies to review their use of spectrum Premium

Jul 08, 2014 by Dugie Standeford

US federal agencies have until May 2015 to reveal their actual use of a total of 960 MHz of spectrum, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) said in its latest report on the government's plan to free up 500 MHz of federal and non-federal spectrum for wireless broadband by 2020.

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European Commission approves Telefonica/E-Plus merger Premium

Jul 07, 2014 by Toby Youell

The European Commission has approved Telefonica Deutschland's proposed takeover of KPN's German subsidiary E-Plus.

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ECC recommends keeping 470-694 MHz for DTT Premium

Jul 03, 2014 by Dugie Standeford

The 470-694 MHz band is likely to be used for downstream distribution of audiovisual content well into the future, the Electronic Communications Committee (ECC) said in a draft report published on 1 July.

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