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Sep 23, 2008 by admin

Regulators hope to do more with spectrum sharing by Dugie Standeford
Interest in spectrum sharing is increasing in the US and EU as regulators search for more bandwidth for wireless technologies. But as the European Commission prepares for a 16 December meeting on the subject, documents from a US federal advisory panel and an academic highlight the difficulties of adopting new approaches.
Kiwi regulator urged to reserve spectrum for new entrants by Jonathan Watson
A UK-based telecoms firm hopes to gain a foothold in New Zealand’s mobile market if the country decides to auction spectrum in the 700 MHz digital dividend band.
Danes come up with some novel twists for 800 MHz auction by Michael Newlands
With the refarming/reallocation of the 900 and 1800 MHz GSM bands successfully concluded and the 2.6 GHz band auctioned off, the Danish authorities are turning their attention to bringing the 800 MHz digital dividend band to market with some unique proposals.
Baltic deals with Belarus liberate 800 MHz band for LTE by Juris Kaza
Lithuania and Latvia both signed agreements with Belarus last month that clear the way for LTE and other wireless services to be deployed in the 790-862 MHz band.
Greek operators pay high price for 900 and 1800 MHz spectrum by Jonathan Watson
Greece’s auction of spectrum in the 900 and 1800 MHz bands last week raised €380.5 million, beating the government’s prediction of €360 million.
Brussels consults on TD-LTE in unused 2 GHz UMTS TDD bands by Michael Newlands
A new European Commission consultation recommends the liberalisation of the underutilised TDD blocks of the 2 GHz band, which is now the harmonised band for 3G UMTS services, and presents different scenarios for optimum utilisation of the spectrum.
Much of the Middle East may not see a digital dividend by Dugie Standeford
Latin America and the Middle East are in very different positions when it comes to reallocating the TV digital dividend to mobile broadband uses, according to speakers at the IIR spectrum management conference held in Paris this week. The TV bands, increasingly viewed as an economic driver in the former, are barely on the radar in the latter, they said.
RSPG wraps up 2011 work with new reports and consultations by Michael Newlands
At its final plenary session of the year, held yesterday, the EU’s Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) announced the upcoming publication of two draft opinions and adopted two reports as key policy items.
A second digital dividend or overlays: the future of UHF? by Dugie Standeford
Broadcasters’ use of UHF is either stifling spectrum efficiency or the key to solving the capacity crunch, according to the various advocates for the future use of the band.
Spain sells off more 900 MHz and 2.6 GHz spectrum by Jonathan Watson
Spain’s ministry of industry, tourism and communications (MITYC) has completed its latest spectrum auction, allocating frequencies in the 900 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands that were left unsold at the end of its previous auction held in July.
HK regulator puts 2.3 GHz spectrum back on the market by Michael Newlands
Hong Kong's telecoms regulator has reacted to demand for more spectrum from operators by announcing a new auction of 90 MHz in the 2.3 GHz band that failed to find a buyer in a January 2009 auction.
India seeks early 4G auction as operators wait for 2G spectrum by Michael Newlands
As the Indian government tries to fast-track a “4G” auction of 700 MHz spectrum, following last year’s successful 3G and BWA auctions, controversy rages over plans to ban holders of 800/900 MHz spectrum from bidding – even though they are still waiting for the release of extra 2G spectrum they are entitled to.
Finland prepares for 800 MHz auction by Jonathan Watson
The Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications (MINTC) has launched a consultation on a draft government spectrum policy resolution proposing an auction of frequencies in the 800 MHz band.
Danes launch new spectrum strategy despite demise of NITA by Michael Newlands
Despite a major reorganisation of the Danish bureaucracy by the new coalition government, the body now responsible for spectrum management has picked up where defunct regulator NITA left off by identifying possible new bands for wireless broadband.
UK committee of MPs backs Ofcom’s auction plan by Dugie Standeford
Plans by the UK spectrum regulator to auction 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz spectrum next year won strong support in a report published today by the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee. But lawmakers said that while Ofcom was generally “doing a good job” in balancing the needs of consumers, spectrum users and service providers, its remit should be widened to cover the interests of British business.
Polish regulator reissues licences in 1800 MHz band by Jaroslaw Adamowski
Following the rerun of a tender from May 2007, Poland’s Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) has again awarded two licences in the 1710–1730 MHz and 1805–1825 MHz bands to local operators CenterNet and Mobyland. The licences are due to last until the end of 2022.
EU spectrum policy roadmap edges towards final approval by Dugie Standeford
A five-year spectrum plan to spur European mobile broadband growth appears headed for completion early next year.
Canadian stakeholders want light licensing in 70, 80, 90 GHz bands by Dugie Standeford
A proposal by Canadian regulator Industry Canada to let the wireless broadband industry use the 71–76 GHz, 81–86 GHz and 92–95 GHz bands for high-capacity fixed links won general approval from stakeholders. Most backed “light” licensing but panned the idea of third-party band managers.
Frequency allocation table boundaries set to change at WRC-12 by Michael Newlands
While Agenda Item 1.16 at WRC-12 is unlikely to make many headlines, it is very interesting to policy experts because it will probably result in the first change to the ITU’s frequency allocation table in 32 years.
Do sluggish MSS deployments undermine the case for spectrum harmonisation? by Dugie Standeford
Citing the failure of two operators to launch mobile satellite services (MSS) within the contract time frame, the European Commission has taken steps to allow pan-EU enforcement of such agreements, including possible withdrawal of spectrum grants. But does the sluggish response to its efforts to authorise pan-European MSS systems signal problems for harmonisation?