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Sep 23, 2008 by admin

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.
Operators sanguine about 2014 launch for LTE in the UK by Michael Newlands
Britain’s mobile operators seem generally comfortable with the delayed release date of 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz spectrum announced by regulator Ofcom last week, even though it will probably delay the launch of 4G services until 2014.
NTIA unveils plans for releasing 500 MHz by Dugie Standeford
Eagerly awaited reports by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) detail how the US will make available 500 MHz of spectrum in the next 10 years, with 115 MHz fast-tracked for use by 2015. But the plan faces many hurdles, not least of which is whether the spectrum to be freed up is commercially useful.
New Brazilian operators’ association takes legal action over auction by Michael Newlands
Sinditelebrasil, a trade body set up recently by Brazil’s private telecoms operators, is taking regulator Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações (Anatel) to court in a bid to change the rules of next month’s auction of the one remaining national 3G licence.
Cognitive techniques for PMSE offer spectrum solutions by Dugie Standeford
As programme-making and special events (PMSE) equipment is increasingly squeezed out of the 800 MHz band to make way for wireless uses, some believe cognitive technologies can soften the blow. One potential solution may be “continuous phase modulation”, which is said to offer digital sound transmission as implementation-friendly as analogue FM.
Armenia to pioneer LTE in the Caucasus by Michael Newlands
The independent former Soviet Republic of Armenia is to become one of the first countries in Europe to launch a commercial LTE service following the recent award of 2.6 GHz spectrum to its leading mobile network operator.
Ofcom consults on geolocation issues by Dugie Standeford
The UK regulator plans to enable use of “white spaces” in the 800 MHz digital TV band through the use of geolocation databases. But many questions remain unanswered, not least of which is how much it might cost Ofcom to create and run the databases.
Minister’s reassurances deflect legal action on refarming by Michael Newlands
Everything Everywhere, the entity formed from the merger of T-Mobile and Orange in the UK, has withdrawn its threat of legal action following assurances from the Minister for Communications that UK regulator Ofcom’s advice to allow quick refarming of GSM spectrum will not prejudice a competition assessment prior to an 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz auction.
Danes ready for auctions in 2010 and 2011 by Michael Newlands
The Danish regulator has set two 2010 dates for the auction of liberalised 410 MHz and 450 MHz licences, and is preparing for a 2011 auction of the 800 MHz digital dividend spectrum.