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Sep 23, 2008 by admin

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.
Moderate voices seek to heal broadcast/broadband rift by Dugie Standeford
Peace isn’t exactly breaking out between mobile broadband providers and broadcasters in the long-running tussle over spectrum availability, but there is growing recognition that some cooperation is necessary, representatives from both sides say. According to one consultant, Wi-Fi could be the interim solution to the convergence problem.
Finland launches LTE tests in 800 MHz band by Jonathan Watson
The Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (FICORA) has issued four licences enabling operators to test mobile networks in the 800 MHz band. The licences were granted in June and came into effect at the beginning of July.
I can cope with spectrum issues, says UK telecoms minister by Michael Newlands
UK communications minister Ed Vaizey and Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards have appeared before a parliamentary select committee investigating spectrum. The minister denied that his portfolio was too broad and both defended plans for upcoming auctions.
Australia's National Broadband Network wins more spectrum by Jonathan Watson
NBN Co, the company responsible for Australia's National Broadband Network, has emerged as the biggest winner in the country's 2.3 GHz spectrum auction.
Greek telco attacks country's 900 MHz auction plans by Jonathan Watson
Greek plans to auction 900 MHz frequencies held by two of the country's mobile operators “will undermine the future of the mobile industry,” according to Nassos Zarkalis, chairman and chief executive of WIND Hellas.
Bouygues questions French 4G licensing process by Jonathan Watson
French telecoms operator Bouygues has complained to the country's highest court, the Conseil d'Etat, about the government's plans to auction licences to use spectrum suitable for 4G services.
Swedish 1800 MHz auction planned for October by Jonathan Watson
Swedish regulator the Post and Telecom Agency (PTS) has invited operators to take part in an auction of frequencies in the 1800 MHz band. The deadline for submitting applications and bank guarantees is 2 September 2011.
Spanish spectrum auction gets under way by Jonathan Watson
Bidding in the Spanish spectrum auction has now begun, with €900 million of bids placed on the first day – 38 per cent below the minimum amount the government expects to raise from the entire process.
Korean operators launch LTE as country's first auction approaches by Michael Newlands
Two of Korea’s three mobile operators launched LTE services as PolicyTracker went to press (July 1), while regulator the Korean Communications Commission (KCC) is gearing up for the country’s first spectrum auction – 60 MHz in three bands, with previous licences having been issued via beauty contest.
Rival execs say EE will be first to launch LTE in UK by Michael Newlands
Everything Everywhere is likely to launch LTE in the UK using its existing 1800 MHz spectrum before other operators have a chance to acquire suitable spectrum at auction, say the chief executives of Vodafone UK and Telefónica O2 UK.
Can MSS be used for LTE outside the US? by Dugie Standeford
Mobile satellite spectrum can, and should, be used for LTE in areas outside the US, according to SFR chief frequency officer Thomas Welter. One satellite operator says it’s mulling opportunities for the 2.1 GHz band, but the head of the European Commission’s spectrum policy unit says mobile providers should use the spectrum they already have before seeking more.
Aussies get a head start in spectrum planning by Michael Newlands
The US and UK are targeting 500 MHz of new spectrum for mobile broadband over the next decade, in addition to that already identified. The Danish target is 600 MHz. The Australian regulator, however, is looking for 300 MHz, and believes new efficiencies and proper planning will also play a major role.
Will spectrum trading catch on in the Middle East? by Dugie Standeford
Spectrum trading may be a tricky subject but it could make a big difference to operators looking to meet demand for mobile broadband, says Kamal Shehadi, Etisalat Group's senior vice president for regulatory affairs. But one analyst says the idea is not likely to catch on in Middle Eastern countries.
Latvia revives 450 MHz auction at sharply reduced price by Juris Kaza
On 16 June, the Latvian Public Utilities Commission (PUC) announced a renewed auction of 10-year usage rights to two 1.25 MHz channels in the 457.5‒460 MHz and 460–467.5 MHz bands with bids starting at 35,000 lats. This represents a sharp reduction from the figure of 200,000 lats set as the starting bid level at a failed auction in February.
UK parliamentary committee takes EE to task over spectrum by Michael Newlands
At an unusually combative hearing held by a committee of UK MPs, it was claimed that the sale of 1800 MHz spectrum by Everything Everywhere (EE) means British taxpayers’ money is being handed over to the French and German governments rather than being spent on bridging the digital divide.
Latest Ofcom spectrum trading proposal already under fire by Michael Newlands
UK regulator Ofcom today issued a statement on its proposals to make 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2.1 GHz public wireless network licences tradable.