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France dedicates 2 x 8 MHz in 700 MHz band to PPDR Premium

Jul 03, 2015 by Toby Youell

Amidst heightened security concerns, the French government has decided to reserve 2 x 8 MHz of spectrum for LTE-based PPDR as part of their arrangements for the upcoming 700 MHz band assignment.

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What are small cells for? Premium

Jul 03, 2015 by Toby Youell

According to figures presented at the Small Cells World event recently, 11.2 million small cells had been shipped globally by the end of 2014, compared to 176 million Wi-Fi access points.

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EU agrees spectrumless “connected continent” package Premium

Jul 01, 2015 by Toby Youell

Spectrum policy is absent from the political agreement reached two years after the European Commission released its original proposals.

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MEPs battle to lead scrutiny of digital single market proposals Premium

Jun 30, 2015 by Toby Youell

The European Parliament’s “conference of presidents” will have to settle a dispute between parliamentary committees over who gets to scrutinise the European Commission’s next round of spectrum proposals.

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The PolicyTracker Monthly Edition: July 2015 Premium

Jul 02, 2015 by Jonathan Watson

This month we report on the decision by European administrations to oppose IMT identification for UHF spectrum between 470 and 694 MHz. We also assess the progress made towards digital switchover in ITU Region 1 and the continuing discussions in the US about next year's incentive auction. Updates from France, Germany and Italy focus on the 700 MHz band.

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French government sets high reserve price for 700 MHz band Premium

Jun 29, 2015 by Toby Youell

French telecoms regulator ARCEP has revealed further details about its planned 700 MHz band auction, which is due to take place before the end of this year.

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FCC proposes rules to prevent misuse of "designated entities" scheme in incentive auction Premium

Jun 26, 2015 by Toby Youell

The FCC says it plans to introduce new rules designed to prevent the kind of behaviour that led to Dish saving $3 billion in the AWS-3 auction earlier this year.

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Europe formally agrees to oppose IMT identification for UHF spectrum below 700 MHz band Premium

Jul 02, 2015 by Toby Youell

European administrations have agreed to oppose adding a series of key bands to the list of those allocated to mobile and identified for IMT at this year’s World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15).

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Broadcasters attack FCC plan to allow unlicensed devices in UHF band after incentive auction Free

Jun 25, 2015 by Dugie Standeford

A proposal by the US regulator to save at least one vacant channel in the UHF band for TV white space devices and wireless microphones when TV stations are repacked after the spectrum incentive auction has angered two FCC commissioners, broadcasters and the low-power TV (LPTV) community.

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German multiband auction raises €5.1 billion Premium

Jun 24, 2015 by Toby Youell

The German regulator, Bundesnetzagentur, raised €5.1 billion in its auction of the 700 MHz band, the GSM bands (900 MHz and 1800 MHz) and the L-band (1452–1492 MHz).

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Qualcomm launches SIM-less LTE for unlicensed bands Premium

Jun 19, 2015 by Toby Youell

Chip designer Qualcomm has introduced a new technology intended to combine the business models of Wi-Fi providers with the technology of mobile operators.

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Region 1 analogue broadcasters in UHF band lose right to claim protection from ITU Premium

Jun 18, 2015 by Toby Youell

Nine years on from the GE-06 agreement on broadcasting in ITU Region 1 (Africa, the Middle East and Europe), just over a third of administrations have completely replaced analogue broadcasting with digital transmissions.

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Italy could miss Europe's proposed 700 MHz deadline Premium

Jun 23, 2015 by Toby Youell

Italy may struggle to meet a possible 2022 deadline to make the 700 MHz band available for mobile broadband, according to a representative from its regulator.

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