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Google will be the real winner in the FCC's incentive auction, says LPTV Spectrum Rights Coalition Premium
The internet giant is not bidding for spectrum in the $86 billion 600 MHz auction, but Mike Gravino of the Low Power Television (LPTV) Coalition says that’s because it doesn’t need to. In an interview with PolicyTracker, he discussed "corporate welfare”, the squeezing of LPTV and Google’s spectrum plans.
South African 700 MHz, 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz auction will be underway by March 2017, says regulator Premium
That is in spite of the Department of Telecommunications & Postal Services (DTPS) taking legal action against the regulator, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA), for initiating the auction “without consultation or prior notification to the government”.
The CEPT Electronic Communications Committee (ECC) has adopted harmonised technical conditions and spectrum for the implementation of broadband public protection and disaster relief (BB-PPDR) systems.
At least 90 per cent of mobile data will be carried over unlicensed bands anchored to variants of LTE by 2020, according to a report from research firm Mobile Experts. But it's still not clear whether there's any real need to aggregate unlicensed with licensed spectrum.
Dutch telco KPN has won the right to continue operating digital terrestrial TV (DTT) in the 700 MHz band until 2030 after an unnamed second bidder pulled out of an auction for the licence. KPN is currently set to pay the costs of relocation and upgrading, despite the European Council’s agreement that member states can provide compensation.
Slovenia’s regulator AKOS has decided to relaunch its auction for 2 x 10 MHz of spectrum in the 1800 MHz band and 2 x 5 MHz of spectrum in the 2.1 GHz band amid claims that the initial auction rules were unclear and could potentially lead to legal disputes.
PolicyTracker has seen a European Commission document that demands fully-fledged 5G in major European cities by 2020.
India expects to auction around 2200 MHz of spectrum over its 22 telecom "circles" (regions). But the high reserve prices could hamper interest and lead to a failed auction, analysts say.
Asked about the European Commission’s decision to take legal action against the European Council over member states’ WRC-15 negotiating position, representatives of CEPT and the French spectrum agency ANFR said the current system was working well.
The proposed grouping would be coordinated by Brussels, comprise spectrum chiefs from regulators and deal with more political issues.
Although the group is an industry standardisation group (ISG) under the auspices of ETSI, its chair Simon Fell told PolicyTracker its members are to use it as a vehicle to form study programmes on the topic, rather than to work on new standards.
Vodafone group chief executive Vittorio Colao has said the UK’s decision to leave the EU means possible exclusion from the "digital single market" (DSM), adding that the company may have to relocate its headquarters to the continent. A spokesperson for the group refused to comment on the remarks.
A pilot sharing service is in operation in the 2.3 GHz band ahead of a decision to deploy ETSI-sanctioned licensed shared access (LSA) in the Netherlands. Juul Moen of the Association of Professional Wireless Production Technologies (APWPT) says sharing with LTE will wipe out all PMSE video in the band.