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Sep 23, 2008 by admin

Opinion: Avoid the “L-word”? by Robert Horvitz, Open Spectrum Foundation
Should we welcome European regulators’ historic shift to talk about authorisations rather than licences? It may have benefits in Europe, argues Robert Horvitz, but the advantages elsewhere are questionable.
Give spectrum regulation to competition authority says new NZ mobile operator by Michael Newlands
New Zealand has finally got a third mobile operator but the company has launched a scathing attack on national spectrum policy.
Civil use of unmanned aircraft systems faces regulatory hurdles by Scott Billquist, Geneva Correspondent
A lack of spectrum, legal recognition and safe coordination with existing aircraft traffic are all issues to be resolved before commercial unmanned aircraft services can get off the ground.
Ronald Coase: Assessing the impact by Dugie Standeford
Coase’s 1959 article was certainly influential, but how applicable is it today? Has it set the framework for modern spectrum management? We asked the man himself – now 98 years old – as well as some of the leading thinkers in the field.
Ronald Coase: A historic anniversary by Dugie Standeford
Fifty years ago this month, spectrum management began to change. Economist Roland Coase – later to win a Nobel prize – wrote an academic paper which called for a market-based approach to spectrum licensing. This much quoted work became the cornerstone of the liberalisers’ approach. Here we look at what it said, while a separate article assesses its legacy.
Iraq is region’s most competitive cellular market by Michael Newlands
Iraq has just been named as the Arab World’s most competitive cellular market by the Arab Advisors Group, replacing Jordan which topped the Cellular Competition Intensity Index the previous two years.
EU has last chance to agree on telecoms package by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels correspondent
The EU hopes to finalize - at last - the review of its telecommunications rules (‘telecom package’) by the end of the year. The negotiations between member states and Parliament on a copyright dispute are stalled but are expected to restart in October.
Finland to hold its first spectrum auction by Dugie Standeford
The sale of 2.6GHz spectrum in November will be the first time Finland has sold a band to the highest bidder. It has previously preferred less market-based forms of assignment.
Iran: A license too far? by Michael Newlands
Having failed to find a foreign company to be its third mobile operator, with three license awards having gone sour this year already, Iran will try again says its new Communications and Information Technology Minister.
Orange/T-Mobile merger further confuses UK refarming plans by Michael Newlands
If the proposed merger between the UK operations of France Telecom’s Orange and Deutsche Telkom’s T-Mobile gets the green light, it adds another complication to the protracted negotiations over the reassignment of UK mobile spectrum.
Jordanian regulator meets Orange halfway on 3G licensing terms by Michael Newlands
Jordan has awarded its first 3G license following a protracted period of negotiations between the eventual licensee, Orange Jordan, and the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission.
Israel prevents launch of Palestine’s second mobile operator by Michael Newlands
An investment of hundreds of millions of dollars in setting up Palestine’s second mobile network could come to nothing due to Israel’s refusal to release 1 MHz of GSM spectrum.
New operators share 90MHz of prime Chilean spectrum by Michael Newlands
At a time when consolidation is the name of the game in much of the world, Chile has just awarded two new 3G licenses to give the country of 16 million people a total of five mobile operators.
Public policy issues for femtocells start to become clear by Scott Billquist
Potential problems for femtocells like interference, providing emergency service location information and common definitions for the technology are being raised in international forums but a consensus has yet to emerge on how to deal with them
Indian “super auction” planned before year end by Michael Newlands
India now seems on track to proceed with an auction of seven national licenses, covering both 3G and WiMAX frequencies. The opportunity to address a market of over a billion people means the outcome is being eagerly anticipated.
Digital dividend harmonisation would boost EU economy by “up to €95 billion” by Martin Sims
The eagerly-awaited consultants report commissioned by Brussels has concluded that a harmonised mobile sub-band will bring enormous economic benefits and should be mandated in all member states.
UK mobile merger boosts French opposition to fourth license by Michael Newlands
The announcement of a proposed merger of the UK mobile operations of France Telecom’s Orange and Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile strengthens the arguments of the incumbent French operators who are appealing to the EU over the imminent issue of a further 3G license.
Portugal under pressure to harmonise digital dividend spectrum by Jonathan Watson
Portugal’s consultation on the reuse of the analogue TV frequencies has demonstrated considerable support for following Spain and adopting the mobile-friendly approach proposed by the European Commission.
EC digital dividend plans: not everyone is convinced by Michael Newlands
Although Europe’s big economies are supporting the harmonisation of the 800 MHz band due to be proposed in a Commission Communication this autumn there is still significant opposition from broadcasters and some national administrations.
Proposed US tax on spectrum usage unlikely to be approved by Dugie Standeford
Plans by the Obama Administration to levy new spectrum licence user fees appear to be headed nowhere, observers say.