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Uncertainty about spectrum demands for transport services as experts contemplate next WRC Premium

May 26, 2016 by Dugie Standeford

WRC-19 will consider the need for harmonised spectrum for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). The demand for spectrum appears to be very much driven by the types of services envisioned and whether there's a business case for them, and harmonisation may prove elusive.

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EU governments agree general approach to release of 700 MHz band Premium

May 26, 2016 by Dugie Standeford

Under the terms of the approach, the final text of which still has to be agreed with the European Parliament, EU member states will have to open up the 694-790 MHz band to mobile broadband services under technically harmonised conditions by 2020. Broadcasters will have priority access to the sub-700 MHz band (470-694 MHz) until at least 2030.

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Proposed US legislation unlikely to halt 5G progress at 28 GHz Premium

May 26, 2016 by Kane Mumford

One of the aims of the "Space Renaissance Act" proposed in the US is to protect satellite access to spectrum in the 28 GHz band.

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UK Home Office responds to concerns about commercial PPDR network Premium

May 25, 2016 by Kane Mumford

Questions over emergency prioritisation and pre-emption, an ambitious transition schedule and the all-important issue of coverage are all addressed in the latest comments from the government department that awarded UK mobile operator EE the contract to host the country's emergency services network (ESN).

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UK regulator seeks to free 2 x 80 MHz channels in 5 GHz band for Wi-Fi Premium

May 24, 2016 by Kane Mumford

Ofcom is consulting on a proposal to increase the amount of spectrum available to WiFi in the 5 GHz band.

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Qatar eyes major changes to spectrum planning regime Premium

May 23, 2016 by Dugie Standeford

WRC-15 outcomes are of considerable benefit to Qatar and will lead to key revisions of its spectrum plans, its regulator says.

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Leaked TTIP document suggests EU and US agree on spectrum Premium

May 23, 2016 by David Yip

The document suggests the US wants spectrum to be assigned using market-based approaches such as auctions.

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DG Connect prepares for a reshuffle Premium

May 19, 2016 by Kane Mumford

A leaked document suggests there will be changes in the Electronic Communications, Networks & Services directorate, including changing the name of its “Spectrum” unit to “Radio Spectrum Policy”. In other news, EU telecoms ministers are to adopt a general approach to the 700 MHz band ahead of legislative negotiations.

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Hedge fund argues Dish's spectrum is overvalued Premium

May 17, 2016 by Kane Mumford

US satellite TV firm Dish is the latest target for the short-sellers at Kerrisdale Capital, who argue that investors have overestimated the worth of its spectrum holdings.

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Brexit unlikely to change UK use of harmonised spectrum Premium

May 17, 2016 by Dugie Standeford

If it were to leave the EU, the UK would no longer be bound by EU spectrum decisions. However, it is unlikely that the country would change its use of harmonised spectrum.

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EC telecoms framework consultation responses suggest broad European support for spectrum harmonisation Premium

May 13, 2016 by David Yip and Kane Mumford

Following yesterday's report on the European Commission (EC) exploring the idea of handing more regulatory powers to the Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG), PolicyTracker takes an in-depth look at the results of the wide-ranging EC survey.

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European Commission consultation explores idea of giving spectrum enforcement powers to RSPG Premium

May 12, 2016 by Kane Mumford and David Yip

One of the questions in the European Commission's recent consultation on its review of the EU regulatory framework for electronic communications asked respondents to consider the possibility of outcomes of cross-border coordination and equitable access efforts being enshrined in EU law. Many have interpreted this as a move towards giving legislative force to the RSPG’s “good offices” approach.

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Brussels blocks Three/O2 merger despite spectrum proposal Free

May 16, 2016 by Kane Mumford

The European Commission rejected Hutchison’s proposal to offer capacity to Virgin Media and other mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs). The company is considering a legal challenge.

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