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There is a growing sense that governments see commercial mobile networks as a key part of the critical communications industry.
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.
In the battle to reallocate the 700 MHz band to mobile, Finland has a secret weapon: VHF.
We asked consultant Simon Saunders to assess the merits of two proposed methods for using spectrum more efficiently.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A leading spectrum thinker and the GSMA's head of spectrum broadly welcome the UK's new strategy but point out loose ends.
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.
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.