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Sep 23, 2008 by admin

Ofcom to allow spectrum trading at 900, 1800 and 2100 MHz by Michael Newlands
Following the UK government’s recent Direction on spectrum policy, Ofcom is consulting stakeholders in what appears to be a formality before introducing new rules to allow trading of the three currently-licensed mobile bands and changes to be made to existing 3G licences.
Waiver makes new LTE network more feasible by Michael Newlands
A waiver from US regulator the FCC makes LightSquared’s planned national LTE network more financially feasible as consumers will no longer need to connect via dual satellite/terrestrial devices.
US regulator appoints white space database administrators by Michael Newlands
Commercial use of the broadcasting white spaces has come a step closer in the US with the telecoms regulator provisionally appointing nine companies as device database administrators.
EU parliament public hearing on spectrum policy tomorrow by Dugie Standeford
MEPs want to get input from those affected by proposed new EU spectrum policies.
What next for mobile TV? by Dugie Standeford
Having sold off the US spectrum it used for mobile broadcasting service FLO TV, wireless technology company Qualcomm is now urging European regulators to harmonise the 1452 - 1479.5 MHz L-band for supplemental mobile downlink. Where does this leave mobile TV?
TD-LTE expected to co-exist comfortably with FD-LTE by Michael Newlands
Although the Chinese backers of the TD-LTE standard predict its main future lies in the developing world, some in the telecoms industry think it also has a bright future in the developed world - alongside the FD-LTE which many MNOs are already committed to.
China, Inc thrusts TD-LTE into the international spotlight by Michael Newlands
Reminiscent of Japan, Inc in the 1980s, the Chinese state and its huge majority-owned businesses are working together to make a major impact on the international stage. An excellent case study in the workings of China, Inc is the staggeringly fast development of the TD-LTE standard.
Greece looks to profits of refarming to help reduce debt by Jonathan Watson
Greece could earn more than €240 million from refarming GSM spectrum, according to a consultation document released by the country's telecoms regulator the Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission (EETT).
FCC mandates LTE in 700 Mhz band by Dugie Standeford
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has ordered all public safety mobile broadband networks to use LTE technology in the 700MHz band. According to FCC chairman Julius Genachowski, the move represents a major step toward nationwide interoperability for first responders.
South Africa relaunches licensing process by Dugie Standeford
South Africa’s long-delayed plan to license 2.6 GHz and 3.5 GHz spectrum appears to be inching forward again, although the timing and process remain unclear.
French minister wants “second digital dividend” by Dugie Standeford
France’s industry minister Éric Besson said earlier this month he wants a second digital dividend to open more spectrum to mobile services, a proposal that will require terrestrial broadcasters to switch to DVB-T2 and MPEG-4 transmission and could put France in a position to lead European and international talks on the subject.
“Business as usual” for PMSE sector during London Olympics by Michael Newlands
In a statement issued on January 20, UK regulator Ofcom put an end to months of uncertainty by confirming the status quo in the programme making and special events (PMSE) sector would be maintained until after the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Kenya proposes national open access wholesale LTE network by Dugie Standeford
The Kenyan government has proposed a national, open access, wholesale LTE network in the 2.6 GHz band to promote cost-effective spectrum use and keep operators from having to spend money at an auction.
Two big winners in Brazil’s latest auctions by Michael Newlands
The arrival of a new entrant in Brazil’s 3G market plus increased spectrum holdings for incumbents are likely to see an acceleration in rollout around the country and better service quality. However, regulator Anatel's belief that prices will fall may be over-optimistic.
Malaysian mobile operator submits 2.6 GHz business plan by Jonathan Watson
Malaysian mobile operator DiGi Telecommunications has submitted a business plan to the country's telecoms regulator for its proposed use of 2.6 GHz spectrum.
Zain prepares to launch 3G in Jordan by Jonathan Watson
Kuwait-based telecoms operator Zain has confirmed that it plans to launch a 3G service in Jordan as soon as a rival operator's exclusivity deal expires next month.
Spectrum event to be held at House of Commons by Jonathan Watson
The UK's parliament has taken the rare step of organising a public event that focuses on spectrum.
Spectrum crunch? What spectrum crunch? by Jonathan Watson
Even though regulators and mobile operators continue to warn more spectrum is needed to deal with exploding demand for mobile Internet access, research firm Analysys Mason argues that claims of an impending mobile data “tsunami” are overblown.
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.