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L-band to become available for Supplemental Mobile Downlink across Europe Premium

L-band to become available for Supplemental Mobile Downlink across Europe
May 29, 2015 by Toby Youell

The UK is the first Member State to comply after the European Commission ruled that all states must make 1452 – 1492 MHz available within 6 months.

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NASA-backed collaborative project may revolutionise spectrum monitoring Premium

May 27, 2015 by Dugie Standeford

The open-source initiative, called BigWhoop, will start by tracking planes and satellites but could go much further.

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Is TV white space about to take off in the developing world? Premium

May 26, 2015 by Dugie Standeford

Hopes are fading for a successful deployment of white space in the richer countries and it's being suggested that the fate of the technology lies in the hands of chip-set manufacturers.

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Does 5G require a new air interface? Premium

May 21, 2015 by Toby Youell

Proposals for an Agenda Item for WRC-19 that will identify spectrum for IMT above 6 GHz assume the next generation of mobile networks will require a new air interface. Is this really the case?

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“GSM Whitespace” technology now being tested in Mexico Premium

May 29, 2015 by Toby Youell

Technology that promises to allow the use of GSM networks as a secondary service in spectrum bands already assigned to uninterested operators is currently being tested in Mexico.

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UK to get TVWS regulations by the end of this year Premium

May 19, 2015 by Dugie Standeford

Ofcom intends to have a licence-exempt regime for use of TV white spaces (TVWS) by December, according to Claire Mack, regulatory affairs manager for spectrum, telecoms and post in Scotland.

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Most African countries will miss UHF DSO deadline Premium

May 21, 2015 by Toby Youell

The ITU is planning a conference on dgital switchover on the same day that the majority of African countries will miss the deadline to turn off broadcasting signals in the 700 MHz and 800 MHz bands

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Albania completes 2.6 GHz band auction Premium

May 18, 2015 by Toby Youell

Albanian regulator sells spectrum for €6.3 million but leaves many blocks un-sold.

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Canada sells 2.6 GHz band spectrum for $630 million Premium

May 18, 2015 by Toby Youell

An auction in Canada saw nine operators gain spectrum in the 2.6 GHz band for a total of C$755.4 million ($630 million), C$478.9 million ($400 million) of which was composed of bids from Telus.

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FCC consults on LTE in unlicensed spectrum Premium

May 14, 2015 by Toby Youell

US regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has launched a consultation on the potential opportunities and risks of using LTE in unlicensed bands.

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Channel Islands operators will not face extra fees Premium

May 15, 2015 by Toby Youell

Holders of multiband 4G spectrum licences in the Channel Islands have been spared higher fees in Guernsey but will have to adapt to more stringent rollout conditions from June this year.

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Viewpoint: Let's start using risk-informed interference assessment in spectrum regulation Free

May 14, 2015 by J Pierre de Vries

Quantitative risk assessment can complement worst case interference analysis and lead to more intensive coexistence of radio systems.

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UK election result clears the way for LTE PPDR project Premium

May 08, 2015 by Toby Youell

The UK Home Office's controversial project to replace its TETRA network with an LTE system hosted by a public mobile operator could now be continued after the Conservative Party won a surprise majority in the UK general election.

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