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Spectrum for drones a key issue for WRC-15 Premium

Oct 29, 2014 by Dugie Standeford

As interest in drones ("unmanned aircraft systems" or UAS) continues to grow, one big question is what spectrum could be used for their command and control. WRC-15 will consider whether frequency bands allocated to the fixed satellite service (FSS) are suitable for the control and non-payload communications of drones in commercial airspace.

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Incentive auction delayed for another year Premium

Oct 29, 2014 by Toby Youell

The FCC's flagship 600 MHz auction has been pushed back to 2016.

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Greece assigns 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands Free

Oct 30, 2014 by Toby Youell

800 MHz band assignment satisfied international obligations.

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Will spectrum be left out of the EC's telecoms package? Premium

Oct 24, 2014 by Dugie Standeford

With the EU Telecoms Council scheduled to meet on 27 November, the fate of the spectrum provisions of the “telecoms single market” (TSM) proposal, not to mention the entire package itself, seems murky, several stakeholders said. The Italian Presidency of the EU Council, however, denied that the legislation would be delayed or derailed.

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Ericsson claims streaming is "closing in" on linear TV Premium

Oct 22, 2014 by Toby Youell

The equipment manufacturer believes that streaming is catching up with linear TV viewing while the GSA says interest in LTE Broadcast is growing. Broadcasters remain doubtful.

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Several reports cast doubt on ITU's spectrum forecasts Premium

Oct 21, 2014 by Dugie Standeford

As preparations continue for WRC-15, where decisions will be made on how much spectrum will be needed for future mobile broadband services, three separate papers argue that the model on which forecasts are based is flawed, leading to excessively high estimates and bad policy. Mobile operators, however, say government and industry estimates are consistent and correct.

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Russia eyes 1800 MHz tender Premium

Oct 20, 2014 by Jaroslaw Adamowski

Russia’s Ministry of Communications and Mass Media and the country’s State Radio Frequencies Commission (GRFC) have unveiled plans to offer spectrum in the 1800 MHz band. The forthcoming contest is unlikely to take the form of an auction.

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Weightless moves from TVWS to unlicensed UHF bands Premium

Oct 17, 2014 by Toby Youell

The group that is seeking to make an interoperable Internet of Things (IoT) standard has shelved its white space project and is now focusing on a new standard.

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European Commission urged to support dedicated PPDR spectrum Premium

Oct 16, 2014 by Toby Youell

An EC-organised workshop on the use of commercial networks for PPDR (public protection and disaster relief) was dominated by discussions about whether dedicated spectrum is needed.

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Europe backs public access to all ITU documents Premium

Oct 15, 2014 by Dugie Standeford

The ITU should provide public access on its website to all documents unless disclosure would potentially harm a legitimate private or public interest that outweighs the benefits of accessibility, CEPT said in European common proposals for the 20 October-7 November ITU plenipotentiary conference (PP-14).

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Irish regulator favours CCA for next multiband auction Free

Oct 22, 2014 by Toby Youell

ComReg has launched a consultation on its proposals to auction more spectrum.

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Ofcom proposes supplemental downlink in L Band Free

Oct 23, 2014 by Toby Youell

The UK regulator has issued a consultation that suggests allowing SDL in the 1452–1492 MHz band.

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TV white spaces could be used in global conservation projects Premium

TV white spaces could be used in global conservation projects
Oct 14, 2014 by Toby Youell

The fledgling technology is being used for live webcasts of animals in London Zoo. In the future, it could help in the global battle against poaching.

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