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China Mobile aims for 50m TD-LTE users by end of 2014 Premium

Dec 19, 2014 by Toby Youell

A recent workshop on the use of spectrum for TD-LTE provided a snapshot of the current state of the technology.

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China Mobile acquires Hong Kong 3G spectrum Premium

Dec 18, 2014 by Toby Youell

A combination of an auction and an administrative assignment of spectrum in the 2 GHz band has allowed China Mobile to enter Hong Kong's 3G market. The incumbent operators were able to renew most of their 3G spectrum for amounts close to the reserve price.

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Court rejects challenge to Austrian spectrum auction results Premium

Dec 16, 2014 by Toby Youell

T-Mobile Austria has been unsuccessful in its legal battle over last year's expensive spectrum contest.

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FCC accused of waging “war” on millimetre waves Premium

Dec 15, 2014 by Dugie Standeford

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which is in the process of gathering information on the possibility of providing mobile services in spectrum bands above 24 GHz, is waging a continual “war” of inaction against the use of millimetre waves (mmW), according to spectrum expert Michael Marcus.

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Tanzania to complete digital switchover by March 2015 Premium

Dec 12, 2014 by Toby Youell

Tanzania's minister for communication, science and technology says the country's phased digital switchover will be completed by March 2015.

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UK "celebrates" 10 years of spectrum trading Premium

Dec 11, 2014 by Dugie Standeford

The UK introduced spectrum trading in 2004 as part of its spectrum liberalisation agenda, but the actual number of trades remains low, figures from regulator Ofcom show. Even so, Britain appears to be light years ahead of France and Germany, which introduced the system around the same time.

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Russian telecoms minister floats possibility of DTT switchoff Premium

Dec 11, 2014 by Toby Youell

Nikolay Nikiforov was speaking at a "high level debate" at ITU Telecom World which had as its theme: "Disrupt or be Disrupted to Make Broadband Universal".

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Kenya to stick with wholesale access plan in 700 MHz band Premium

Dec 10, 2014 by Toby Youell

Supporters of the wholesale access model see it as a way of providing Africans with affordable access to broadband.

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Satellite could play key role in hybrid networks Premium

Dec 10, 2014 by Toby Youell

At one panel session held at ITU Telecom World in Doha, executives from the mobile broadband, broadcast, and satellite industries sought to make the “essential case for hybrid solutions”.

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Nwana makes case for DSA at ITU Telecom World Premium

Dec 09, 2014 by Toby Youell

H. Sama Nwana, chief executive of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance, used a panel session at ITU Telecom World 2014 to argue that dynamic spectrum access technology could go some way to addressing Africa's digital divide.

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ANFR conference offers French perspective on spectrum Premium

Dec 03, 2014 by Toby Youell

Leading figures in French industry discussed how to take a leading role in the wireless sector at an annual conference organised by the ANFR, France's national spectrum regulator.

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EU governments still struggling to agree on telecoms package Free

Dec 05, 2014 by Toby Youell

EU governments have delayed further debate on and the eventual adoption of the telecoms single market (TSM) package while they work on finding a common position on net neutrality and roaming.

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The PolicyTracker Monthly Edition: December 2014 Premium

Dec 01, 2014 by jonathanwatson

This month we focus on the preparations for the next World Radiocommunication Conference, to be held in Geneva in November 2015. A great deal of attention is being paid to the 470–694 MHz band in particular, as broadcasters push back against calls for a co-primary mobile allocation. We also examine whether supplemental downlink (SDL) is feasible in the band.

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