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Sep 23, 2008 by admin

Auctions highlight need for reform of Indian spectrum policy by Michael Newlands
The Indian BWA and 3G auctions of the past few weeks have thrown up a number of surprises, ranging from the amount of money bid to the identities of some of the winners. The results have also underlined the need for consolidation in the market.
ITU publishes digital transition guidelines by Jonathan Watson
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has published detailed guidelines designed to help countries manage the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting.
Indian BWA auction raises $8.23 billion by Michael Newlands
India’s broadband wireless access (BWA) auction of licences to operate in the 2.3 GHz band ended this morning having raised a total of $8.23 billion for government coffers.
European spectrum strategy to be agreed by the end of 2010 by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels’ correspondent
EU ministers have backed the drawing up of detailed proposals to overcome spectrum shortages and generate greater economic growth.
Legal wrangling delays Swedish refarming by Dugie Standeford
Swedish mobile operators anxious to roll out 4G services in the 900 MHz band are being stalled by a lawsuit and an antitrust investigation.
O2’s spectrum refarming appeal could set legal precedent by Michael Newlands
The decision by O2, acting independently of the UK’s other mobile operators, to appeal to the Competition Appeals Tribunal (CAT) in an attempt to get immediate permission to refarm its 900 MHz spectrum appears to have put both regulator Ofcom and the new coalition government on the back foot.
Asia Pac countries working on 700 Mhz band harmonisation by Michael Newlands
A number of countries in the Asia Pacific region are working to harmonise key parameters for a different, and larger, digital dividend band to the 790-862 MHz earmarked for non-broadcast uses after analogue switch off in most of Europe.
South Africa launches process for 2.6 GHz and 3.5 GHz spectrum assignments by Dugie Standeford
South African regulator ICASA sticks to its hybrid auction plan, with several key changes.
Enhancing the radio regulatory framework proves challenging over long term by Scott Billquist, Geneva correspondent
Crunch time may be approaching for administrations following more than a decade of preparations and decisions on enhancing the radio regulatory framework, says ITU Radiocommunication Bureau (BR) Director Valery Timofeev in an interview with Policy Tracker. He adds that continuing to use the enhanced monitoring efforts in a recent BR initiative could help to align ITU procedures and databases with the real world.
E-Bay-type website used for successful spectrum auction by Michael Newlands
What is believed to be the world’s first spectrum auction conducted through an online auction house has been proclaimed a success by regulator Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority (NPT).
Wi-Fi celebrates silver jubilee by Jonathan Watson
It's twenty five years since the FCC approved the regulation which kickstarted the mass market use of unlicensed spectrum.
Lack of competition stifles European auctions by Michael Newlands
The consensus amongst spectrum consultants is that the recent spate of auctions in Europe have mainly resulted in good results for operators, disappointing revenues for governments and, possibly, few benefits for consumers.
Much-delayed study finds no link between mobiles and cancer by Jonathan Watson
After a ten year investigation the Interphone study has found no conclusive evidence that mobile phone use causes brain cancer. New research will continue this work but will take another ten years to reach a conclusion.
Unmanned aerial systems focus on bands and preparatory studies for world conference by Scott Billquist, Geneva correspondent
At least four frequency bands have been suggested for detailed study in preparation for a 2012 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-12) agenda item that will consider spectrum requirements and possible regulatory action, including allocations, to support the safe operation of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).
Cave urges greater spectrum liberalisation in Canada by Dugie Standeford
Canada’s reluctance to embrace spectrum reform is restricting supply and pushing up prices, Martin Cave and Adrian Foster argue. The Canadian government says it is moving toward a more market-oriented approach.
Big three operators happy with low-cost German auction by Michael Newlands
Germany’s super auction featuring four different spectrum bands has fizzled out after more than a month of incremental bidding. The final takings of €4.4 bn were half of the predicted value.
Proposals for UK aero spectrum pricing provoke storm of protest by Scott Billquist, Geneva Correspondent
This Ofcom consultation has provoked an usually high number of responses and most are scathing in their condemnation of the plan.
Unhappy operators pay $14.6 bn in Indian 3G auction by Michael Newlands
After 183 rounds of bidding over 34 days, India’s 3G auction has come to a close having raised $14.6 billion for government coffers but failing to produce a single nationwide license holder.
SFR, Orange awarded last of France’s 2.1 GHz spectrum for €600m by Michael Newlands
A just-completed award process shows the value that French mobile operators put on 3G spectrum has increased slightly since telecoms regulator Arcep sold three licenses in 2003.
Satellite spectrum to power US wireless broadband network by Michael Newlands
US telecoms regulator the FCC has given the green light for a venture capital company to roll out a nationwide LTE wholesale network using spectrum set aside for satellite mobile communications.