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As interest in drones ("unmanned aircraft systems" or UAS) continues to grow, one big question is what spectrum could be used for their command and control. WRC-15 will consider whether frequency bands allocated to the fixed satellite service (FSS) are suitable for the control and non-payload communications of drones in commercial airspace.
The FCC's flagship 600 MHz auction has been pushed back to 2016.
800 MHz band assignment satisfied international obligations.
With the EU Telecoms Council scheduled to meet on 27 November, the fate of the spectrum provisions of the “telecoms single market” (TSM) proposal, not to mention the entire package itself, seems murky, several stakeholders said. The Italian Presidency of the EU Council, however, denied that the legislation would be delayed or derailed.
The equipment manufacturer believes that streaming is catching up with linear TV viewing while the GSA says interest in LTE Broadcast is growing. Broadcasters remain doubtful.
As preparations continue for WRC-15, where decisions will be made on how much spectrum will be needed for future mobile broadband services, three separate papers argue that the model on which forecasts are based is flawed, leading to excessively high estimates and bad policy. Mobile operators, however, say government and industry estimates are consistent and correct.
Russia eyes 1800 MHz tender Premium
Russia’s Ministry of Communications and Mass Media and the country’s State Radio Frequencies Commission (GRFC) have unveiled plans to offer spectrum in the 1800 MHz band. The forthcoming contest is unlikely to take the form of an auction.
The group that is seeking to make an interoperable Internet of Things (IoT) standard has shelved its white space project and is now focusing on a new standard.
An EC-organised workshop on the use of commercial networks for PPDR (public protection and disaster relief) was dominated by discussions about whether dedicated spectrum is needed.
The ITU should provide public access on its website to all documents unless disclosure would potentially harm a legitimate private or public interest that outweighs the benefits of accessibility, CEPT said in European common proposals for the 20 October-7 November ITU plenipotentiary conference (PP-14).
ComReg has launched a consultation on its proposals to auction more spectrum.
The UK regulator has issued a consultation that suggests allowing SDL in the 1452–1492 MHz band.
The fledgling technology is being used for live webcasts of animals in London Zoo. In the future, it could help in the global battle against poaching.