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Sep 23, 2008 by admin

Canadian mobile operator calls for faster spectrum release by Jonathan Watson
Canada's mobile operators, like those in other parts of the world, are eager to get their hands on much-needed spectrum
Ofcom gets to grips with not-spots by Michael Newlands
In a new report on mobile “not-spots”, UK regulator Ofcom says it will prioritise examining how to improve coverage information so consumers are able to choose the best service provider for their requirements.
Australia to launch “world-first initiative” in 2.6 GHz band by Michael Newlands
Following an intensive consultation process, the Australian telecoms and broadcasting regulator has made a decision on allocation of the 2.6 GHz band that takes into account both international harmonisation and the needs of current occupants.
Ofcom advises urgent refarming of GSM spectrum for 3G by Michael Newlands
UK regulator Ofcom has had a significant change of heart on the competitive issues related to allowing operators to refarm their 900 MHz spectrum, and has now advised the British government to allow it as quickly as possible.
Is spectrum harmonisation the solution for wireless mics? by Martin Sims
Brussels thinks a harmonised band could help the PMSE sector through the digital dividend transition. But is there a suitable band?
Qualcomm announces chipset for digital wireless mic by Martin Sims
Qualcomm says it has developed a chipset for an advanced digital wireless microphone with much greater spectrum efficiency than current analogue models. However, industry experts are sceptical about its likely power consumption.
IMT-Advanced 4G specs on track for approval by Scott Billquist, Geneva correspondent
Participants in the ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) have cleared the way for a final push to complete 3GPP’s LTE-Advanced and an IEEE 802.16m WiMAX variant technology called “WirelessMAN-Advanced” as international 4G technologies.
US spectrum experts favour incentive auctions by Dugie Standeford
The US is facing a spectrum crunch and incentive auctions can help close the gap between spectrum availability and the booming demand for new mobile services, speakers said at an October 21 workshop organised by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The devil, as always, is in the detail.
Ofcom to cut budget by 28 per cent by Jonathan Watson
UK regulator Ofcom has revealed that it will reduce its budget by £30 million over the next five years, losing almost one fifth of its employees in the process.
Irish regulator wants joint 800/900 MHz auction in early 2011 by Michael Newlands
Irish regulator ComReg has rethought its position on how best to handle redistribution of the 800 and 900 MHz bands and is now proposing a single award process in the form of a joint auction, to be held in 2011, rather than awarding the bands in isolation.
Australia consults on digital dividend by Michael Newlands
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has published a 60-page discussion paper on its initial plans for allocating the digital dividend following the switch from analogue to digital broadcasting.
Ofcom leans towards 2.6 GHz band for Games use before commercial release by Michael Newlands
UK regulator Ofcom has published an update to its “evolving” spectrum plan for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, including responses to its consultation on reserving use of the 2.6 GHz band for the event.
New research confirms cable industry's LTE interference fears by Dugie Standeford
Not only is the issue of potential interference by new mobile services with cable and programme-making and special events (PMSE) equipment in the digital dividend band unresolved, a new study has found additional cause for concern from LTE base stations.
Clearwire said to be selling chunk of 4G spectrum for $5 billion by Michael Newlands
The US telecoms industry is awash with rumours suggesting that national WiMAX operator Clearwire has launched a private auction of its excess 2.6 GHz spectrum.
Latin America gears up to address the digital dividend by Michael Newlands
An announcement by Mexican President Felipe Calderón that the 700 MHz band could be licensed in 2012, bringing the switchover from analogue to digital broadcasting forward six years from 2021 to 2015, is set to stimulate new debate on the digital dividend in Latin America.
Danes cancel auction and award licences to Hi3G by Michael Newlands
Having only received one application for a new national 900 MHz licence and one for a new 1800 MHz licence, the Danish regulator has cancelled a proposed auction of the refarmed spectrum and awarded the licences to the sole applicant.
ITU elects leaders for next four years by Scott Billquist, Geneva correspondent
ITU member countries elected two new top officials and re-elected several incumbents during an October quadrennial policy setting conference. They also elected members of the Radio Regulations Board and the 48 countries for the ITU Council.
IMT in extended C-band still a question mark following WRC-07 decision by Scott Billquist, Geneva correspondent
More momentum and work will be needed before International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) in the extended C-band becomes a widespread technology, executives told PolicyTracker.
High Tech Spectrum Coalition pushes for incentive auctions by Dugie Standeford
Four US technology trade groups have joined forces to lobby Congress for voluntary spectrum incentive auctions.
LTE-Advanced frequency arrangements and specs move forward for 3.4 GHz bands by Scott Billquist, Geneva correspondent
A last flurry of work in the next few months will focus on completing industry specifications for use of sizeable chunks of the 3.4 - 3.8 GHz bands by 3G or 4G networks.