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Sep 23, 2008 by admin

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.
Tough negotiations expected for satellite and mobile issues at WRC-12 by Scott Billquist, Geneva correspondent
The outlines of the issues that will be addressed at the 2012 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-12) got clearer recently with the release of 500 pages of draft text for the report that will guide the conference. The report will be finalised during a 10-day meeting in February.
CEPT white space report says sensing not essential by Dugie Standeford
Geo-location databases are necessary for white space devices in TV broadcast spectrum but sensing is not, the CEPT SE43 working group says in a draft report on technical and operational requirements for the possible operation of cognitive radio systems in the 470 - 790 MHz band.
EC workshop to assess PMSE requirements by Dugie Standeford
The European Commission begins work this month on a long-term approach to spectrum coordination for the programme-making and special events (PMSE) sector.
François Rancy: BR should not be seen as a miracle worker by Scott Billquist, Geneva correspondent
Countries will elect the ITU’s top five management posts, 12 members of the Radio Regulations Board and members of Council next week during a policy setting conference. Two of the candidates for director of the Radiocommunication Bureau (BR), Fabio Leite and François Rancy, have answered some questions via email for PolicyTracker. In this article, we provide the responses from François Rancy.
Fabio Leite: time for ITU to give substance to new endeavours by Scott Billquist, Geneva correspondent
Countries will elect the ITU’s top five management posts, 12 members of the Radio Regulations Board and members of Council next week during a policy setting conference. Two of the candidates for director of the Radiocommunication Bureau (BR), Fabio Leite and François Rancy, have answered some questions via email for PolicyTracker. In this article, we provide the responses from Fabio Leite.
Growing support for LTE in the 450 MHz band by Michael Newlands
A group of mainly Eastern European mobile operators are lobbying the ITU and their own national regulators to authorise use of the 450 MHz band for LTE.
Spectrum for LTE: Band shake-up expected by Michael Newlands
In the second part of our feature on spectrum for LTE, we focus on mobile operators' strategies in the US, Japan and China. We also assess the challenges they will face as the technology develops.
Spectrum for LTE: Making it up as we go along? by Michael Newlands
In the first of two articles on spectrum for LTE, we ask a panel of experts for their views on the apparently scattergun spectrum strategies operators are adopting for the technology and consider the commercial rollouts that have taken place in Europe so far. The next article will examine strategies and rollouts in other parts of the world.
FCC removes spectrum sensing requirement for white space devices by Dugie Standeford
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has eliminated the requirement that white space devices sense the presence of TV channels but the commercial success of white space applications remains unclear.
Brazil announces Latin America’s first multiband auction by Michael Newlands
Brazil is to hold a “super auction” of spectrum consisting of 165 licences in five different bands, including provision for two new national licences and the possibility of a new market entrant. The auction will start on December 15.
Supreme Court upholds Thai 3G auction freeze by Michael Newlands
Thailand’s 3G auction, which was scheduled to start earlier this week, has been put on hold indefinitely after the Supreme Court today (September 23) upheld the injunction imposed last week by a lower court.
Ofcom’s PMSE statement gets generally positive reception by Michael Newlands
UK regulator Ofcom has published a detailed statement setting out how the programme making and special events (PMSE) industry will access spectrum following digital switchover and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Mobile operators win 2.6 GHz frequencies for LTE in Austria by Jonathan Watson
The Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications (RTR) has completed its auction of frequencies in the 2.6 GHz band. The total proceeds from the auction came to €39.53 million - less than the amount generated in the Danish 2.6 GHz auction, but more than the Dutch auction and far exceeding the overall minimum bid amount of €7.4 million.
EU regulators propose five-year spectrum policy programme by Dugie Standeford
The European Commission’s first multi-year radio spectrum policy programme calls for mandatory refarming of the 900/1800 MHz GSM band by 2012, release of the 800 MHz digital dividend band by 2013, an inventory of existing spectrum uses, and a stronger EU voice in international negotiations.
Court ruling leaves Thai 3G auction up in the air again by Michael Newlands
Thailand’s long-delayed 2.1 GHz auction, which was due to start this morning, has been hit by a last minute legal hitch. The earliest it could now kick off is Saturday 25 September, or it could go on hold indefinitely.
Danish refarming and auctions help to create level playing field by Michael Newlands
As part of its refarming of what was GSM-only spectrum for service and technology neutral licensing, Denmark’s telecoms regulator will auction off reclaimed 900 and 1800 MHz spectrum next month.
Interest grows in using spectrum for smart grids by Dugie Standeford
US utilities are starting to show interest in using spectrum from legacy paging licences for smart grids. According to Full Spectrum chief executive Stewart Kantor, their European counterparts would do well to follow.
Thai 3G auction poised to go ahead on September 20 by Michael Newlands
The Thai telecoms regulator is gearing up for the country’s long-delayed 3G auction on September 20, although a last-minute application for a court injunction by state-owned CAT Telecom could still cause a hitch.