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Sep 23, 2008 by admin

CEPT 'white space' report leaves cognitive radio issues unresolved by Michael Newlands
A European regulators study group has completed its report on using the interleaved or white space spectrum between digital broadcasts. While this makes several recommendations it says further work is needed.
Today’s EU telecoms council expected to make decision on digital dividend by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels Correspondent
While EU telecoms ministers will only hear progress reports on the review of the framework directive more significant developments are expected on digital switchover policy.
Delay in 2.6GHz auction another battle in WiMAX wars? by Michael Newlands
Ofcom has postponed the sale of this key WiMAX and 3G band pending the outcome of legal action by mobile operators T-Mobile and O2
Enthusiastic welcome from those in the know by Dugie Standeford
The select group of companies with a keen interest in using military spectrum have welcomed the UK Ministry of Defence’s liberalisation initiative. However, for most firms their main focus of interest is elsewhere.
Healthcare and transport are the big upcoming regulatory issues says Ofcom by Dugie Standeford
It is health services and the transport sector that will be transformed by wireless technologies over the next decade says the UK regulator, not the communications industry
Opinion: Changing the regulatory paradigm by Christoph Legutko
Spectrum needs to be viewed as just another infrastructure asset in a technology and service neutral environment, argues Christoph Legutko, particularly when dealing with the digital dividend.
UK military proposes ‘leading edge’ spectrum release plan by Dugie Standeford
The Ministry of Defence expects to begin freeing up military frequencies for commercial use next spring. First in line will be the 406.1- 430MHz band, but as many as 186 bands could eventually be audited for potential trading.
June 2008 printed issue available for download by Martin Sims
This month we reflect on the significance of Europe's first major spectrum auctions this year: 2.6GHz in Sweden and L-band in the UK.
Manufacturers enter European spectrum market by Martin Sims
The two major auctions in Sweden and the UK this month have seen Intel and Qualcomm buy spectrum in order to stimulate the development of their products. Is this the start of a new trend?
Mobile satellite services win backing of European Parliament by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels Correspondent
A compromise designed to guarantee rural access for EU-wide mobile satellite services in 2GHz has won the overwhelming backing of MEPs.
First SUR auction 'a success’ despite industry fears by Martin Sims
Ofcom say they are pleased with the results of the L-Band auction even though major players in the UK market had urged them not to use the new technology-neutral licenses known as SURs.
95 billion euro boost from reallocating quarter of TV band by Martin Sims
Another consultants report argues that mobile access to the digital dividend would bring significant economic benefits. The latest analysis claims the benefit would come mainly from broadband data access using laptops and high-end handsets.
Qualcomm buys the whole of L-Band in the UK by Martin Sims
The US-based wireless technology company, Qualcomm, has bought all 17 lots in the UK’s 1452-1492 MHz auction for a total of £8,334,000 (10.7 million euros). The auction took five days and ended after 32 rounds.
Australian public sector spectrum review recommends more liberalization by Scott Billquist
Australian government spectrum use could be more transparent and more efficient says an independent review which also recommends increased use of market mechanisms and more sharing.
Swedish auction is Intel's first European spectrum purchase by Martin Sims
The sale of 2.6GHz in Sweden has raised considerably more than a similar auction in Norway. Will we now see more spectrum purchases by manufacturers seeking to boost the sales of their products?
Consensus emerging on telecoms framework review by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels Correspondent
MEPs and the Council of ministers appear to have rejected the Commission's proposals to set up a pan-European regulator but seem to support a gradual adoption of spectrum flexibility provided broadcasters interests can be protected.
Swedish 2.6GHz auction raises 226M euros by Martin Sims
After 16 days and 112 rounds of bidding Sweden's second internet spectrum auction has closed, with all the licences sold and several big names among the winners.
WiMAX lobby hails adoption of provisional 2.6GHz standard by Michael Newlands
WiMAX proponents are claiming a victory following a two and a half year struggle to get a 2.6GHz harmonised standard approved by European standards body ETSI.
May 2008 printed issue available for download by Martin Sims
This month's issue is bigger than usual and includes a special report on public sector spectrum.
Public sector special report (3) - More spectrum for whom? by Martin Sims
While liberalisers and commercial companies cast an envious eye over public sector holdings, many in the military and emergency services think they are the ones that need more spectrum. So is there any hope for frequency release?