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July 2009 printed issue available for download by Martin Sims
Our top story this month is Finland's innovative approach to TV spectrum. The Finns are probably the first country to put in black and white an uncomfortable truth: terrestrial TV may have a sell-by date.
Developing world set to benefit from clampdown on “virtual” and “paper” satellites by Scott Billquist, Geneva Correspondent
For the first time the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau is trying to remove unused satellite frequency assignments to free up space for new networks, particularly those aimed at the developing world. It’s a response to the growing pressure on geostationary orbit slots and satellite spectrum.
Reding eyes other portfolios but may remain at Information Society by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels correspondent
Is Luxembourger Viviane Reding going to keep the Information Society portfolio? According to her country's press, she would prefer to obtain the Internal Market or Consumer Protection dossiers. However, if this isn’t possible she may continue as Information Society Commissioner by default as she says she enjoys her current role.
UK regulator postpones 2.6 GHz auction by Martin Sims
The UK’s troubled 2.6 GHz auction, which Ofcom hoped to hold in September once legal action had been resolved, has now been put on hold.
Australia’s new spectrum principles embrace market mechanisms by Michael Newlands
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has just completed its first consultation governed by a new set of Principles for Spectrum Management which will determine the country’s spectrum policies in the years ahead.
Swedish EU presidency backs beleaguered telecoms package by Dugie Standeford
Frustration is growing among policy-makers and politicians as a dispute between the European Parliament and Council of Ministers holds up the allocation of spectrum they regard as vital to Europe’s economic recovery.
Key spectrum issues still unresolved in “Final” Digital Britain report by Michael Newlands
The UK government’s promised “get tough” approach to GSM refarming hasn’t materialised with the key decisions passed on to technical arbitration and then consultation. However, there has been a firmer policy ruling in an unexpected field: digital radio switchover.
Spain does a u-turn on digital dividend by Michael Newlands
Spain and Germany have become the latest European countries to fall in with EC harmonization plans and designate the 800MHz digital dividend band for non-broadcasting use.
French government given recommendations on public sector spectrum pricing by Dugie Standeford
France’s Agence Nationale des fréquences has investigated spectrum pricing for public bodies but the results so far are inconclusive. The ball is now in the government’s court.
US makes digital switchover today by Michael Newlands
The US is saying goodbye to analogue TV with the feeling that the country is much better prepared that it was in February, when switchover was originally scheduled to take place.
Are Finns considering switching off all terrestrial TV? by Michael Newlands
An influential consultancy has praised Finland for its “joined-up thinking” on wired and wireless networks and encouraging the development of a wireless “last mile.” The country is also planning to carry out a review of terrestrial television in 2017.
Indian 3G auction before year end says Minister by Michael Newlands
India’s on-off-on-off auction of 3G spectrum is now officially back on again and will be held before the end of this year says Telecoms Minister A. Raja.
Swiss consider re-auctioning all mobile frequencies by Scott Billquist, Geneva Correspondent
The Swiss Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) is consulting on reassigning free mobile radio frequencies and those that will become vacant in the next few years.
WiFi black spots caused by other devices not congestion by Michael Newlands
Researchers say WiFi reception is being knocked out not by the proliferation of routers but by other devices, particularly video senders. They say the solution is better interference management, not more WiFi spectrum.
June 2009 printed issue available for download by admin
This month's issue considers the significance of a new stock market-type index for spectrum prices in the US; the future of the telecoms framework review and the InfoSoc Commissioner Viviane Reding; as well as looking at the latest developments in public sector spectrum.
Will Reding remain as InfoSoc Commissioner? by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels’ correspondent
The first obstacle for Viviane Reding is the national elections in her native Luxembourg this week. If she clears that hurdle there is then the politicking over the composition of the next Commission with conflicting reports about her prospects.
Resistance to emergency services broadband plan by Dugie Standeford
Efforts to find additional spectrum for European emergency services are running into problems as NATO and several radio administrations object to a proposal to study the 300 - 400 MHz band. Some governments say more spectrum is unnecessary.
Military timetable slips amid confusion over nature of band manager by Dugie Standeford
While the UK military says it will meet next year’s deadline to release key bands they have fallen behind schedule and seem now to favour an “assistant” from the commercial sector rather than a band manager.
Court action threatens pan-European S-band awards by Michael Newlands
The first pan-European spectrum award went to Inmarsat and Solaris mobile this week to provide satellite service particularly for rural areas. However, the process is the subject of a legal challenge which could see the award being overturned.
UK: government-commissioned report contradicts Minister’s proposals by Michael Newlands
An “independent study” says Vodafone and O2 should be allowed to keep their prized 900 MHz holdings if they don’t bid for digital dividend spectrum. It says the UK’s refarming row can be solved by taking an integrated approach to all the possible next generation mobile spectrum, including 2.6GHz and 800MHz.