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Sep 23, 2008 by admin

Non-compliant devices could undermine spectrum liberalization by Scott Billquist, Geneva Correspondent
Could the large numbers of cheap devices not complying with the R&TTE Directive weaken the industry trust needed to implement spectrum flexibility? Scott Billquist investigates solutions proposed by policy-makers reviewing the directive.
MEPs ready to compromise on European telecoms review by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels Correspondent
This Monday (7 July) the European Parliament's industry committee will vote on the 1200 amendments to the Commission’s proposals for the review of the telecoms framework package.
Unlicensed spectrum usage will expand, but we must take a wider view by Dugie Standeford
An EU regulators report says we should be thinking about the whole range of collective uses of spectrum and it proposes four criteria for deciding whether more frequencies need to be made available.
DVB-T2 specification ratified by Scott Billquist, Geneva Correspondent
The specification for second-generation digital terrestrial TV transmission has been published and will shortly be submitted for standardisation. The UK will be relying on DVB-T2 for terrestrial HDTV.
MEPs call for mandatory digital dividend harmonisation by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels Correspondent
The agreed version of the European Parliament’s digital dividend report goes further than the European Commission by calling for a compulsory EU-wide approach to all the released analogue TV frequencies.
How to democratise spectrum by Martin Sims
The European Parliament is demanding more control over spectrum policy but seems to be back tracking on calls to curtail Commission powers. However, MEPs are set to get a greater role in setting the roadmap for frequency policy.
July 2008 printed issue available for download by Martin Sims
Our top story this month is the EU telecoms council meeting where InfoSoc Commissioner Viviane Reding called for half the digital dividend to be used for wireless services.
WAPECs enters the statute books but EU-wide implementation is years away by Michael Newlands
The European Commission has published its decision designating 2.6GHz as the first WAPECs band but there is concern about clauses which allow member states to delay the start of the technology and service neutral licensing regime.
FCC: where did we go wrong with D block? by Michael Newlands
The FCC is shortly due to publish proposals for the re-auctioning of D Block which failed to sell in the US 700MHz auction. The regulator says it wants new ideas from stakeholders, but not everyone is convinced.
Give half digital dividend to wireless says Reding by Martin Sims
As Brussels prepares a detailed policy on reallocating the analogue TV frequencies, telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding has urged member states to realise the goal of broadband for all by releasing 50% for wireless services.
Commission acknowledges strength of opposition to European regulator proposal by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels Correspondent
The EU Telecoms Council has overwhelmingly rejected the pan-European regulator with some spectrum responsibilities proposed by Brussels; Infosoc Commissioner Viviane Reding says she is considering other options.
CEPT 'white space' report leaves cognitive radio issues unresolved by Michael Newlands
A European regulators study group has completed its report on using the interleaved or white space spectrum between digital broadcasts. While this makes several recommendations it says further work is needed.
Today’s EU telecoms council expected to make decision on digital dividend by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels Correspondent
While EU telecoms ministers will only hear progress reports on the review of the framework directive more significant developments are expected on digital switchover policy.
Delay in 2.6GHz auction another battle in WiMAX wars? by Michael Newlands
Ofcom has postponed the sale of this key WiMAX and 3G band pending the outcome of legal action by mobile operators T-Mobile and O2
Enthusiastic welcome from those in the know by Dugie Standeford
The select group of companies with a keen interest in using military spectrum have welcomed the UK Ministry of Defence’s liberalisation initiative. However, for most firms their main focus of interest is elsewhere.
Healthcare and transport are the big upcoming regulatory issues says Ofcom by Dugie Standeford
It is health services and the transport sector that will be transformed by wireless technologies over the next decade says the UK regulator, not the communications industry
Opinion: Changing the regulatory paradigm by Christoph Legutko
Spectrum needs to be viewed as just another infrastructure asset in a technology and service neutral environment, argues Christoph Legutko, particularly when dealing with the digital dividend.
UK military proposes ‘leading edge’ spectrum release plan by Dugie Standeford
The Ministry of Defence expects to begin freeing up military frequencies for commercial use next spring. First in line will be the 406.1- 430MHz band, but as many as 186 bands could eventually be audited for potential trading.
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?