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Sep 23, 2008 by admin

Draft Indian telecoms policy aims to liberalise spectrum by Michael Newlands
A draft national telecoms policy aimed at liberalising the Indian spectrum allocation and licensing process by making it wholly market driven has been drawn up by the country’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and leaked to the local media, although it has not yet been officially published yet.
Latvia calls on operators to discuss options for 2.6 GHz auction by Juris Kaza
Latvia’s Public Utilities Council (PUC) has published a consultative document on its plans for an auction of the 2.6 GHz band by the end of this year, proposing (for discussion by operators) that the contest be held either as a combinatorial clock auction or in a simultaneous multi-round ascending (SMRA) format.
US signs agreements with neighbours over spectrum sharing on borders by Michael Newlands
US telecoms regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has signed agreements with regulators in neighbouring Canada and Mexico to share commercial 700 MHz wireless broadband spectrum in border areas.
EU extends use of 24 GHz band for anti-collision radar in cars by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels correspondent
To avoid any shortage in car radar systems, the European Commission decided at the end of July to extend authorisations to use the 24 GHz band at EU level for short-range anti-collision radar in cars until 2018.
Sky Brasil to launch wireless broadband in TDD portion of 2.6 GHz band by Michael Newlands
Satellite TV operator Sky Brasil has been given permission by Brazilian telecoms regulator Anatel to launch a wireless broadband service using the 2.6 GHz spectrum band.
Colombia’s second auction of the year a success by Michael Newlands
Colombia’s ambitious spectrum allocation programme continued on schedule with a second successful auction, of four proposed for this year, coming to an end.
Brazil hopes 450 MHz auction will bring affordable broadband countrywide by Michael Newlands
After initially trying to give the band to fixed-line operators, the Brazilian government has had a rethink and will now auction off 450 MHz spectrum using a special bandplan to optimise wireless broadband over CDMA.
US announces major reform of wireless backhaul regulations by Dugie Standeford
The US Federal Communications Commission has freed up around 650 MHz for wireless backhaul, and is considering how to make microwave communications more flexible and cost-effective.
“Chaotic” Italian super auction set to end by September 30 by Michael Newlands
Italy’s telecoms regulator Agcom appears to be on schedule to hold an earlier-than-expected “super auction” of 300 MHz of spectrum in four different bands before the end of next month.
Mobile broadband tops US agenda for World Radio Conference by Dugie Standeford
US priorities for WRC-12 are mobile broadband, unmanned aircraft systems, space research and wireless avionics services, key officials said at a recent press briefing. But with extensive bilateral talks still ongoing on many of the 33 agenda items, they refused to speculate on what the final US negotiating strategy will be.
Spain achieves healthy prices in its 4G auction by Michael Newlands
In its second spectrum auction of the year, the Spanish Industry Ministry has raised €1.815 bn from the sale of 4G licences to operate in 800 MHz, 900 MHz and 2.6 GHz.
Hungarian auction plans to attract new entrant by Michael Newlands
The Hungarian government is planning to auction off unused 900 and 1800 MHz spectrum on a technology-neutral basis before the end of 2011. This would allow licence holders to offer either 3G or 4G services.
On/off Pakistan 3G auction now planned for January 2012 by Michael Newlands
Pakistan’s 3G auction, originally planned as far back as 2008, now looks likely to take place in January 2012. Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has appointed a committee of three cabinet ministers to prepare the groundwork.
Green light expected soon for Peruvian auctions by Michael Newlands
With its new government being sworn in at the end of July, Peru’s delayed 900 MHz and AWS auctions are expected to be given the green light soon and take place before the end of the year – possibly as soon as Q3.
Draft US spectrum incentive auction legislation raises concerns by Dugie Standeford
Draft legislation being championed by Republicans in the US House of Representatives would authorise spectrum incentive auctions, require any licensed or unlicensed spectrum made available for commercial use to be auctioned, and prohibit the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from capping total spectrum holdings. There is much to dislike in the “discussion” document, say broadcasters, wireless services providers and public interest advocates.
New multiplex company to get 8 MHz in white spaces for local TV by Michael Newlands
The UK government has published an ambitious framework to bring local TV to people throughout the country, with the main delivery mechanism being the digital terrestrial television (DTT) platform using the TV white spaces.
Swiss regulator fires spectrum auction starting gun by Jonathan Watson
The Swiss "big bang" spectrum auction could raise at least CHF 637 million (€547 million), according to amended tender documents published by Swiss regulator OFCOM this week.
European Commission plans spectrum inventory by Dugie Standeford
The European Commission is reviewing tenders for an inventory of existing public and private spectrum use in the 300 MHz - 3 GHz range and an analysis of whether the spectrum is being used efficiently. Regulators hope the results will guide talks on future needs and policy priorities.
Latvia plans to auction 2.6 GHz spectrum by end-January 2012 by Juris Kaza
The Latvian Public Utilities Commission (PUC) announced in mid-July that it intends to auction part of the 2.6 GHz band by 30 January 2012, with usage rights starting for the winners on 1 January 2014.
Poland launches spectrum application website for Euro 2012 by Dugie Standeford
Poland is streamlining its spectrum application process for the Euro 2012 soccer tournament, which the country is co-hosting with Ukraine.