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Sep 23, 2008 by admin

Price of mobile spectrum falls in real terms by Martin Sims
A PolicyTracker study of over 200 auctions of individual mobile licences since 2000 indicates that the spectrum being released over the next few years will be much better value than the 3G bands which have been auctioned over the past decade.
Digital Agenda Assembly backs spectrum sharing by Martin Sims
Neelie Kroes' Digital Agenda Assembly has focussed on non-telecoms uses of the airwaves and produced recommendations which say users should consider sharing first before demanding access to new frequencies.
Kroes underlines European claim on spectrum policy by Martin Sims
Addressing the Digital Agenda Assembly in Brussels European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes, departed from her prepared speech to emphasise the European role in spectrum policy.
Report urges harmonisation of L-Band for supplemental mobile downlink by Dugie Standeford
Harmonising the 1.4 GHz L-Band for use as a supplemental downlink to deliver enhanced mobile multimedia and broadband services could generate as much as €54 billion for Europe's economy over the next 10 years, a study for Qualcomm and Ericsson has found.
Plenty of axes grinding in responses to Ofcom’s spectrum plans by Michael Newlands
When in March this year UK regulator Ofcom published a consultation document containing its proposals for the planned 800 MHz/2.6 GHz auction, most stakeholders issued terse comments and went off to study the document in detail. If Ofcom is to heed them, it looks like it will have to go back to the drawing board.
Venezuela discusses spectrum auctions by Jonathan Watson
Venezuelan regulator Conatel held public hearings in May to discuss what spectrum will be auctioned off this year.
Argentina plans spectrum auction by Jonathan Watson
Argentina’s communications ministry has announced plans to auction spectrum in 800 MHz and 1900 MHz in the second half of 2011.
Swiss spectrum auction put back to 2012 by Jonathan Watson
Swiss regulator the Federal Communications Commission (ComCom) has delayed its “big bang” spectrum auction until the first quarter of 2012.
FCC’s data roaming mandate toothless without interoperability by Michael Newlands
The news that the two largest mobile operators in the US oppose the FCC’s decision to mandate data roaming between carriers is no surprise. The threat of legal action to try and overturn the decision could also have been predicted. But unless the FCC goes further and mandates interoperability, none of this really matters.
3G looks set to arrive in Thailand via the back door by Michael Newlands
Having derailed 3G indefinitely by upholding a petition brought by Thai state-owned operators to postpone the long-planned 2.1 GHz auction last September, the Central Administrative Court has issued a ruling which may break the 3G logjam.
"Hard talks" needed for agreement on RSPP by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels correspondent
The EU Member States and the European Parliament will have to work hard if they want to bridge the divide between them on the EU's future radio spectrum policy. They have adopted quite different views of the European Commission's proposal for a five-year programme to open up radio frequencies for wireless broadband.
EU telecoms ministers approve Commission’s WRC-12 stance by Dugie Standeford
EU telecoms ministers have backed the European Commission’s proposed negotiating stance for the World Radiocommunication Conference 2012. One key objective is cross-border use of the digital dividend 800 MHz band.
Scandinavian operators take the lead with first TD/FD-LTE networks by Michael Newlands
Ever since China Mobile started its major international drive to accelerate the development of TD-LTE, it has seemed likely that operators long used to paired spectrum would take the opportunity also to use their often fallow unpaired spectrum.
Spanish 900 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum attracts two bids by Jonathan Watson
Orange and Yoigo are the only mobile operators to have lodged bids in the Spanish 900 and 1800 MHz licence contest, according to the country's ministry of industry, tourism and trade.
Ample white space spectrum for PMSE, says Ofcom by Michael Newlands
The future for wireless microphone users became clearer this week as Ofcom published a statement on how much white space spectrum will be available after digital switchover and band manager JFMG's free online look-up tool went live.
Danes seek 600 MHz of extra spectrum for wireless broadband by Michael Newlands
To reach its ambitious target of bringing 100 Mbps broadband to the whole country by 2012, the Danish government will have to make at least an additional 600 MHz of spectrum available for wireless broadband, according to a report just published by the National IT and Telecom Agency (NITA).
French regulator unveils draft rules for 4G auction by Jonathan Watson
French regulator ARCEP has published its draft decisions on the procedures for assigning frequencies in the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands.
NTIA needs to improve, congressional watchdog says by Dugie Standeford
The US National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is not doing a good job of overseeing federal spectrum, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) made public on 12 May.
Spectrum crisis claims are strategic gamesmanship, NAB says by Jonathan Watson
A report from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) casts doubt on some of the projections of mobile data growth that have been used to fuel claims of a “spectrum crisis” - just as the UMTS Forum predicts that voice and data traffic on mobile networks will grow more than 30-fold during the decade ahead.
Belgian cable operators set for 3G spectrum by Jonathan Watson
A partnership formed by two cable operators is the sole applicant for Belgium's fourth 3G licence, according to the Belgian Institute for Post and Telecommunications (BIPT).