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Sep 23, 2008 by admin

2008 Review: US free wireless broadband in limbo by admin
A decision on whether or not the US public would get a free nationwide broadband service supported by advertising was postponed until sometime in 2009 due to pressure on the FCC from the incoming administration.
2008 Review: Mixed results from US 700MHz auction by Michael Newlands
It was hyped as the “hundred-year auction”, selling off large chunks of prime spectrum freed up by the switch from analogue to digital broadcasting, but the jury is still out on many aspects of last March’s US 700MHz auction.
Progress on legal issues in 2008 by Michael Newlands
Several legal landmarks were laid down in the course of the year, the most important being the entry onto the statute books of the WAPECS service and technology neutral licensing regime.
Work on a common approach to public spectrum by Michael Newlands
Greater coordination of Europe’s approach to managing public sector spectrum may become a reality during 2009 with the publication in February of a Radio Spectrum Policy Group report which regulators have been working on for several months.
Major 2.6GHz auctions planned for 2009 by Mike Newlands
Following the success of the 2.6GHz auction in Sweden in 2008, several more 2.6Ghz auctions are planned to take place around Europe throughout 2009.
Digital dividend taking shape by Mike Newlands
In the course of 2009 a clearer picture is likely to emerge of how Europe will use the digital dividend spectrum freed up by the switch from analogue to digital broadcasting.
Use of whitespace closer to becoming reality by Michael Newlands
Considerable progress was made in 2008 towards the use of interleaved or white space spectrum between digital broadcasts in the UHF bands, although broadcasters on both sides of the Atlantic continued to try and block its use.
January 2009 printed issue available for download by Martin Sims
In this month's issue we analyse the agreement reached over the EU framework review package and assess its significance for spectrum policy. We consider the next steps in getting the measure passed and ask whether it is likely to be agreed within the lifetime of this European Parliament.
UK may revise digital dividend plan to match European harmonisation by Michael Newlands
The British government is to take a new look at how to utilise the so-called Digital Dividend, spectrum freed up by the switch from analogue to digital broadcasting, according to Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling.
New broadcasting technology on ITU agenda for New Year by Scott Billquist, Geneva Correspondent
ITU member countries are considering a request to start work on two matters in the broadcasting service and to revise five others, according to a letter circulated by the Radiocommunication Bureau.
It’s the Czechs' turn to broker a telecoms framework deal by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels correspondent
Ministers and the European Parliament will spend the next few months intensively negotiating a compromise on the future EU telecommunications rules, the so-called "telecoms package", expected to be applied from 2010.
FCC delays AWS-3 decision after political pressure by Mike Newlands
The US Federal Communications Commission is being accused of unlawful behaviour after cancelling a meeting scheduled for December 18. The regulator acted after receiving a letter from the incoming administration.
Radio amateurs say powerline interference has already arrived by Michael Newlands
Radio amateurs claim the powerline technology used by the UK’s biggest IPTV service is causing widespread interference. But Ofcom and the operator, BT, say there have been a small number of isolated incidents.
German government moves to open up UHF to new services by Jonathan Watson
The German parliament has unveiled proposals to remove the power of federal states to restrict the use of UHF to broadcasting services only. It’s a huge boost for those seeking the European harmonisation of mobile in UHF.
ITU examines delivering 3DTV via terrestrial and satellite by Scott Billquist, Geneva Correspondent
As policy-makers come to terms with the HDTV revolution the next wave of TV technology - 3DTV and Ultra High Definition - is beginning its progress through the regulatory working groups.
Member states reject mandatory liberalisation and further EU harmonisation by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels correspondent
The Framework Review compromise brokered by the French EU presidency supports spectrum liberalisation in principle but rejects the Commission’s calls to introduce compulsory measures.
Architect of UK spectrum liberalisation 'disappointed' by number of trades by Martin Sims
Ofcom doesn't agree with Professor Martin Cave's assessment but is considering measures to give potential traders more information about the spectrum available.
Whitespace: Europe's attention turns to the UK by Michael Newlands
Whitespace devices may have got the green light in the US but in Europe doubts remain about the amount of vacant spectrum and the impact on wireless microphone users
WiMAX camp fears another standards battle by Martin Sims
The furore over the eventual admittance of mobile WiMAX to the IMT family is set to flare up again with a disagreement on how to proceed with official recognition of the frequency-division duplexing version of WiMAX.
Countrywide spectrum survey highlights possible unlawful usage by Martin Sims
Initial results from the UK’s first comprehensive mobile spectrum monitoring project show several examples of unexpected and possibly unlawful usage.