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UK to rely on MNOs for emergency services communications Premium

Apr 16, 2014 by Toby Youell

There is a growing sense that governments see commercial mobile networks as a key part of the critical communications industry.

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FCC to free up more spectrum for licensed and unlicensed use Premium

Apr 15, 2014 by Dugie Standeford

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will auction 65 MHz of spectrum for mobile broadband and free up 100 MHz of spectrum in the 5 GHz band for high-capacity Wi-Fi and other unlicensed uses, the agency said at its 31 March meeting.

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Finland’s spare spectrum eases the pain of 700 MHz transition Premium

Finland’s spare spectrum eases the pain of 700 MHz transition
Apr 14, 2014 by Jonathan Watson

In the battle to reallocate the 700 MHz band to mobile, Finland has a secret weapon: VHF.

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Two US tech firms make bold spectrum efficiency claims Free

Apr 17, 2014 by Toby Youell

We asked consultant Simon Saunders to assess the merits of two proposed methods for using spectrum more efficiently.

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LA pilot scheme shows TV channel sharing technically feasible Premium

Apr 10, 2014 by Dugie Standeford

Channel sharing in a single 6 MHz radio frequency channel is feasible, according to the results of a pilot scheme run by two Los Angeles television stations. The question now is whether the results will entice broadcasters to take part in the FCC's spectrum incentive auction.

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New forum hopes to bolster UK influence in spectrum policy Premium

Apr 09, 2014 by Dugie Standeford

UK leadership in international spectrum talks is waning, leaving the country “responsive rather than proactive,” says Jim Norton, chair of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum.

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What will broadband-broadcast convergence mean for spectrum and network use? Premium

Apr 08, 2014 by Toby Youell

Convergence of broadband and broadcast networks could unlock 80 MHz of "beachfront" spectrum if implemented correctly, according to one of the speakers at a European Commission-sponsored workshop.

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European Parliament approves spectrum reforms Premium

Apr 08, 2014 by Dugie Standeford

European Commission (EC) efforts to create a digital single market moved forward on 3 April when the European Parliament adopted the “connected continent” package in its plenary session.

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Operators doubt logic of Mexico's 700 MHz wholesale network Premium

Apr 04, 2014 by Toby Youell

Mexico is pressing ahead with its plan to develop the world's first state-controlled and operated wholesale LTE network in the 700 MHz band despite concerns that it could put the brakes on innovation.

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Sweden reallocates 700 MHz band for mobile use Premium

Apr 03, 2014 by Jonathan Watson

Sweden is pressing ahead with plans to reallocate the 700 MHz band for mobile use and with a new approach to spectrum management that will place more emphasis on sharing.

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UK spectrum strategy “questions prevailing spectrum access modes” Premium

Apr 02, 2014 by Toby Youell

A leading spectrum thinker and the GSMA's head of spectrum broadly welcome the UK's new strategy but point out loose ends.

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The PolicyTracker Monthly Edition: April 2014 Premium

Apr 01, 2014 by jonathanwatson

In this month's issue we assess the financial implications of European Parliament proposals to impose a minimum duration of 25 years on all spectrum licences. We also interview the chair of the CEPT group tasked with establishing a long term vision for the 470-694 MHz band and examine proposals to improve the way the US government uses spectrum. Other updates this month focus on Belgium, Chile, the Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Ireland and the UK.

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Policy paper calls for more sophisticated US spectrum sharing Premium

Mar 31, 2014 by Dugie Standeford

The US system of spectrum regulation is failing and must be replaced by more sophisticated and efficient sharing, Pierre de Vries and Phil Weiser said in a paper for The Brookings Institution's Hamilton Project.

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