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Sep 23, 2008 by admin

UK Parliament backs spectrum reform and legalises refarming by Michael Newlands
The British Parliament has finally rubber stamped a special instrument (SI) which directs regulator Ofcom to go ahead with a range of spectrum reforms, some of which will await the outcome of a competition assessment.
Peru may get new 3G entrant this month by Michael Newlands
Peru’s long-delayed award of 25 MHz of spectrum in the 1900 MHz band is due to be held by beauty contest on January 13.
CDMA operator wins 400 MHz band auctions in Denmark by Michael Newlands
Pan-Scandinavian CDMA operator Ice.Net won licences in the 400MHz band at two separate auctions in Denmark late last year.
Four bidders win Estonia’s 4G auction by Dugie Standeford
Estonia's telecoms regulator has revealed the winning bidders in its auction of spectrum in the 2500 - 2690 MHz band. However, it says the final frequency assignments will not be confirmed for a few weeks.
Qualcomm makes impressive profit from spectrum sale by Michael Newlands
Having earlier announced it is abandoning its stalled mobile TV business MediaFlo, US chipmaker Qualcomm has recouped a hefty chunk of its investment by selling the MediaFlo spectrum to AT&T. The mobile giant will use it for LTE.
UK defence ministry revives spectrum plans by Dugie Standeford
After a two-year delay, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is restarting its spectrum liberalisation programme. Companies looking to use the surplus spectrum welcomed the move but said the release should now take place as quickly as possible.
Sweden to use 800 MHz auction to achieve universal broadband coverage by Jonathan Watson
Licences to use frequencies in the 800 MHz band in Sweden will be assigned in an auction starting at the end of February 2011, according to the regulator PTS. Those interested must apply no later than 31 January.
Report recommends harmonised Euro spectrum for PPDR by Dugie Standeford
Germany should advocate pan-European harmonised spectrum above and below 1 GHz for public protection and disaster relief, WiK Consult and Aegis Systems have said in a study carried out for the country’s regulator and government. Scott Marcus, one of the authors of the study, believes it should spur a more intense discussion of the issues.
Hong Kong to auction four new mobile licences in February by Michael Newlands
The Hong Kong telecoms regulator has announced plans to auction the territory’s remaining unused spectrum in the 850 and 900 MHz bands and the 2 GHz band in February 2011.
European pressure grows for 2016 global IMT spectrum action by Scott Billquist, Geneva correspondent
Mobile interests are lobbying regional groups to develop WRC-16 proposals to rationalise, consolidate and expand on frequency bands identified for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) for further harmonisation on a global basis.
Mobile interests hail 3.4—3.8 GHz as key band for 4G services by Scott Billquist, Geneva correspondent
IMT-Advanced co-existence with very small aperture terminals, TV receive-only and satellite news gathering devices could “seriously hamper” the chances of the technology fulfilling its promise, according to a study published by the UMTS Forum.
Vodafone launches LTE 800 in rural Germany by Michael Newlands
The first large-scale commercial deployment of LTE is underway in Germany, where Vodafone is rolling out the service to rural areas using 800 MHz spectrum. The company will then turn its attention to towns and cities, where it will deploy LTE at 2.6 GHz.
Swiss to auction digital dividend, UMTS and GSM mobile frequencies by Scott Billquist, Geneva correspondent
Swiss communications authorities will auction more than 600 MHz from the digital dividend and other crucial mobile bands in an auction expected before the 2011 summer holidays.
FCC seeks to improve access to spectrum by Dugie Standeford
In its “first formal step” towards spectrum incentive auctions, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed giving wireless broadband providers equal access to TV broadcast frequencies that may open up in auctions and allowing broadcasters to voluntarily share channels.
UK to find 500 MHz of spectrum for “superfast” broadband by Michael Newlands
The UK is to follow the lead taken by the US (and more recently Sweden) in releasing 500 MHz of new spectrum suitable for wireless broadband to the market over the next 10 years, according to a government document released this week.
Germany to make spectrum use more flexible by Dugie Standeford
German regulator BNetzA has revealed it is updating the country’s frequency usage plan to meet the needs of the government’s broadband strategy.
EU telecoms ministers to address radio frequency allocation by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels correspondent
EU telecoms ministers will debate the European Commission's radio spectrum policy programme at their Council meeting today in Brussels.
UK unexpectedly set to be one of the first movers on IMT Advanced by Michael Newlands
The first “true 4G” standard has been set by the ITU and the first equipment ships this week. While the mobile operators are not in a position to take advantage of this, WiMAX operator UK Broadband plans to use its significant spectrum holdings to provide true 4G data capacity in the UK next year.
Mobile WiMAX could fade away but fixed version forges ahead by Michael Newlands
Despite a number of high profile setbacks, the WiMAX standard is far from dead. However, it seems increasingly likely that the handful of large-scale mobile WiMAX operations will be a stepping stone for the rapidly developing TD-LTE, which uses the same unpaired spectrum.
Broadband/broadcast fight over digital dividend spreads to Asia Pacific by Michael Newlands
Asian broadcasters disagree with the conclusions of a report commissioned by mobile operators' association the GSMA which advocates harmonisation of the 700 MHz digital dividend band across the Asia Pacific region.