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Brussels renews push for more spectrum harmonisation Premium

Mar 27, 2015 by Dugie Standeford

The European Commission has relaunched its campaign for greater pan-EU spectrum harmonisation, even though EU telecoms ministers have removed spectrum provisions from their discussion of the “telecoms single market (TSM)” or “connected continent” package.

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FCC to review DE rules after Dish's AWS-3 auction success Premium

Mar 26, 2015 by Dugie Standeford

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is to revisit the “designated entity” (DE) scheme that enabled two companies backed by satellite operator Dish to claim more than $3 billion in discounts on the licences they won in the AWS-3 auction.

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Swiss scientist wants spectrum to help clear space debris Premium

Mar 26, 2015 by Toby Youell

A new “space-space radar” service should be written into the Radio Regulations so that spectrum can be allocated at WRC-15 and then made available for a satellite that will clear space debris, according to Dominique Bovey of the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland.

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Is there enough licence-exempt spectrum available in Europe? Premium

Mar 27, 2015 by Toby Youell

The success of Wi-Fi and the expected growth of the Internet of Things has led to renewed interest in licence-exempt spectrum, but consultants hired by the European Commission have tentatively suggested there is already enough of this spectrum available in some bands.

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Mobile operators to focus on sub-1 GHz spectrum for 5G Premium

Mar 24, 2015 by Toby Youell

The Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) group set up by mobile operators to forge a consensus on 5G has issued a white paper outlining their vision for the new generation of mobile connections.

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Brussels offers €0.5m in spectrum sharing competition Free

Mar 27, 2015 by Toby Youell

Half a million euros are up for grabs in a competition organised by the European Commission to make a breakthrough in decentralised spectrum sharing.

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Ofcom exhorts Inmarsat and Solaris Mobile to use the S-band Premium

Mar 19, 2015 by Toby Youell

Ofcom has issued compliance notices to the two holders of pan-European licences for 2 x 15 MHz in the S-band (1980–2010 MHz and 2170–2200 MHz).

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Ofcom consultation reveals priorities for spectrum above 6 GHz Premium

Mar 17, 2015 by Dugie Standeford

Spectrum above 6 GHz should be considered for future 5G IMT mobile communications but not to the detriment of the satellite, broadcast, space, radio astronomy or aviation industries, said the respondents to an Ofcom consultation.

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Q&A with the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) Premium

Mar 16, 2015 by Toby Youell

The GSM Association and PolicyTracker jointly organised a Q&A with Jonas Wessel, Director at the Spectrum Department in the Swedish regulator. In the following transcript, Wessel emphasises his conviction that broad allocations of spectrum for mobile will give regulators flexibility.

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Swedish regulator supports mobile allocation of 2.7–2.9 GHz Premium

Mar 16, 2015 by Toby Youell

Swedish regulator PTS believes the 2.7–2.9 GHz band is underused and should be jointly allocated to mobile at WRC-15.

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Arab states to support allocation of lower C-band to mobile Premium

Mar 13, 2015 by Toby Youell

Preparations for WRC-15 within regional group reveal subtle differences between Arab states and other parts of Region 1.

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Analogue switch-off stand-off leaves Kenyans without TV Premium

Mar 11, 2015 by Toby Youell

A high profile fight over the digital switchover (DSO) process between analogue broadcasters and the government has left millions of Kenyans without access to any TV at all.

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Canadian AWS-3 spectrum sells for $1.7 billion Free

Mar 12, 2015 by Toby Youell

Canada has completed another auction as part of its ongoing efforts to release as much spectrum as possible for mobile broadband.

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