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Sep 23, 2008 by admin

France plans study on future use of spectrum by Dugie Standeford
The French government is to commission a study on the long-term spectrum needs of the electronic communications, audiovisual and emergency and security sectors.
Latvian regulator calls off 2.6 GHz auction by Juris Kaza
Latvia's Public Utilities Commission (PUC) announced on March 23 that it was abandoning plans to auction off rights to use 2.5 - 2.69 GHz spectrum for LTE services starting January 1, 2014 after the unnamed enterprise which had asked for an auction withdrew its request.
UK issues details of public spectrum being considered for release by Michael Newlands
A blueprint for identifying and releasing by 2020 at least 500 MHz of sub-5 GHz spectrum currently held by the public sector was published by the UK government today.
Polish regulator to rerun licence contests by Dugie Standeford
The Polish regulator is reworking its tender for licences in the 1710 - 1730 MHz and 1805 - 1825 MHz bands following adverse court rulings.
Qualcomm and Nokia propose Authorised Shared Access to spectrum by Dugie Standeford
Qualcomm and Nokia have suggested a “third way” for freeing up spectrum for commercial mobile broadband. Authorised Shared Access (ASA) allows sharing via cognitive technologies while ensuring predictable quality of service through individual authorisations, the companies say. But while it offers a major change from the traditional reliance on licensed and licence-exempt regimes, it may not entirely satisfy proponents of unlicensed use.
AT&T takeover of T-Mobile driven by need for spectrum by Michael Newlands
If, and it’s a big if, AT&T’s proposed $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile USA goes ahead, it will not only leapfrog Verizon to become the country’s leading mobile network operator but also hold by far the largest balanced portfolio of spectrum of any operator.
Spectrum managers are unsung heroes says ITU boss by Martin Sims
Opening PolicyTracker’s Middle East Spectrum Conference the ITU Secretary General, Dr Hamadoun Toure, said spectrum managers aren’t getting the recognition they deserve.
Third mobile operator "not immediately required in Qatar" by Jonathan Watson
Qatar does not need to grant a third mobile licence just yet, according to a consultation paper published by the regulator ictQatar.
Spectrum caps may seal UK 4G auction deal with mobile operators by Michael Newlands and Jonathan Watson
While the proposals in Ofcom’s consultation on the combined auction of 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz spectrum may yet be subject to some changes, the initial reaction from mobile operators is generally positive, thanks to the proposed introduction of spectrum floors for the auction and overall spectrum caps.
Colombia to auction 300 MHz of new spectrum by Michael Newlands
Following its recent successful auction of part of the 2.6 GHz band, the Colombian government is planning three more auctions over the coming 12 months at 1900 MHz, 1.7/2.1 GHz (the AWS band) and the remaining part of the 2.6 GHz band.
Bangladeshi licence renewal plan under fire by Dugie Standeford
Draft Bangladeshi guidelines for renewing 2G mobile licences fail to look beyond revenue generation to economic efficiency, mobile operators say. A similar point was made in recent research carried out for Australia's regulator, which argues that governments should resist the temptation to set mobile spectrum licence fee renewals too high.
Three UK's CEO condemns Ofcom refarming decision by Jonathan Watson
Kevin Russell, chief executive of Three UK, says the regulator “fundamentally ducked” the tough issues facing the UK's mobile market when it recommended that Three UK's rivals be allowed to refarm all their 2G spectrum for 3G services.
Shake-up planned for Iraq’s mobile industry by Michael Newlands
Iraq’s mobile sector is about to go through a new phase of development this year with a fourth national licence being auctioned, and foreign loans and investments being allocated to existing operators to increase network quality and subscriber penetration rates to levels seen in neighbouring countries.
Hungary and Spain ordered to implement amended GSM Directive by Jonathan Watson
The European Commission has told Hungary and Spain to accelerate their implementation of the amended GSM Directive, which enables the 900 MHz band to be used for services other than 2G.
Australia's emergency services stake claim to digital dividend by Jonathan Watson
The Police Federation of Australia (PFA) has urged the country's prime minister Julia Gillard to “ensure the government does not put profit before public safety” and to reserve 20 MHz of digital dividend spectrum for use by the police and emergency services.
Spanish government outlines spectrum release plans by Jonathan Watson
The Spanish government has published its plans for releasing 310 MHz of spectrum in the 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands.
Sweden's established operators win 800 MHz spectrum by Jonathan Watson
Sweden's 800 MHz auction ended on 4 March when six licences were awarded to the country's four main mobile operators.
Ofcom publishes Recognised Spectrum Access regulation by Dugie Standeford
UK rules introducing spectrum trading for Crown bodies in the 3400 - 3600 MHz band take effect in March, and Ministry of Defence (MoD) spectrum could be available for commercial use late next year. Crown bodies include UK government departments and other government-sponsored agencies.
New policies to bring Indian telecoms into the 21st century by Michael Newlands
With India’s spectrum scandals accentuating the problems of its much-criticised system for allocating 2G spectrum, the government is trying to draw a line in the sand with a set of new policies aimed at producing a market-driven, transparent telecoms sector.
FCC seeks to improve wireless access for Native Americans by Dugie Standeford
Citing an “alarming lack” of telecoms services on American Indian tribal lands, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking ways to make more spectrum available for wireless uses.