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Sep 23, 2008 by admin

June 2008 printed issue available for download by Martin Sims
This month we reflect on the significance of Europe's first major spectrum auctions this year: 2.6GHz in Sweden and L-band in the UK.
Manufacturers enter European spectrum market by Martin Sims
The two major auctions in Sweden and the UK this month have seen Intel and Qualcomm buy spectrum in order to stimulate the development of their products. Is this the start of a new trend?
Mobile satellite services win backing of European Parliament by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels Correspondent
A compromise designed to guarantee rural access for EU-wide mobile satellite services in 2GHz has won the overwhelming backing of MEPs.
First SUR auction 'a success’ despite industry fears by Martin Sims
Ofcom say they are pleased with the results of the L-Band auction even though major players in the UK market had urged them not to use the new technology-neutral licenses known as SURs.
95 billion euro boost from reallocating quarter of TV band by Martin Sims
Another consultants report argues that mobile access to the digital dividend would bring significant economic benefits. The latest analysis claims the benefit would come mainly from broadband data access using laptops and high-end handsets.
Qualcomm buys the whole of L-Band in the UK by Martin Sims
The US-based wireless technology company, Qualcomm, has bought all 17 lots in the UK’s 1452-1492 MHz auction for a total of £8,334,000 (10.7 million euros). The auction took five days and ended after 32 rounds.
Australian public sector spectrum review recommends more liberalization by Scott Billquist
Australian government spectrum use could be more transparent and more efficient says an independent review which also recommends increased use of market mechanisms and more sharing.
Swedish auction is Intel's first European spectrum purchase by Martin Sims
The sale of 2.6GHz in Sweden has raised considerably more than a similar auction in Norway. Will we now see more spectrum purchases by manufacturers seeking to boost the sales of their products?
Consensus emerging on telecoms framework review by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels Correspondent
MEPs and the Council of ministers appear to have rejected the Commission's proposals to set up a pan-European regulator but seem to support a gradual adoption of spectrum flexibility provided broadcasters interests can be protected.
Swedish 2.6GHz auction raises 226M euros by Martin Sims
After 16 days and 112 rounds of bidding Sweden's second internet spectrum auction has closed, with all the licences sold and several big names among the winners.
WiMAX lobby hails adoption of provisional 2.6GHz standard by Michael Newlands
WiMAX proponents are claiming a victory following a two and a half year struggle to get a 2.6GHz harmonised standard approved by European standards body ETSI.
May 2008 printed issue available for download by Martin Sims
This month's issue is bigger than usual and includes a special report on public sector spectrum.
Public sector special report (3) - More spectrum for whom? by Martin Sims
While liberalisers and commercial companies cast an envious eye over public sector holdings, many in the military and emergency services think they are the ones that need more spectrum. So is there any hope for frequency release?
Public sector special report (2): the first achievement is psychological by Martin Sims
A three year exercise to improve public sector spectrum efficiency has just ended in the Netherlands. The main benefit has not been the amount of spectrum clawed back but the change in attitudes.
Opinion - globalisation starts to unpick traditional regional alliances by Ross Bateson
Acquisitions and investments in foreign markets by Middle Eastern mobile companies is unravelling the unity of Arab countries on international spectrum policy, argues Ross Bateson
German industry fights for digital dividend access by Michael Newlands
Despite official claims that there is no digital dividend in Germany, the country’s largest communications association says there clearly is but it's been grabbed by the powerful broadcasting industry.
Special report - do we know how much spectrum the public sector uses? by Martin Sims
Probably not seems the likely answer in many countries. Political control over spectrum allocation is another issue troubling Europe's regulators as they try to find the best way of ensuring public sector spectrum efficiency.
French commission strikes conciliatory note by Martin Sims
There should be enough spectrum to accommodate the ambitions of both TV companies and telecoms operators when France’s digital switchover is complete, according to the country’s digital dividend commission.
Could there be a world trade agreement on spectrum? by Martin Sims
With a secondary market operating in an increasing number of countries is it time for a specific set of WTO agreements on spectrum management? Some thought has clearly been given to this issue in diplomatic circles, writes Scott Billquist.
Google turns attention to TV white space and the rest of the world by Martin Sims
Following what it regards as a successful campaign in the US 700MHz auction, Google is stepping up its lobbying for “greater wireless choice and innovation” both in the US and internationally.