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Sep 23, 2008 by admin

Interest grows in using spectrum for smart grids by Dugie Standeford
US utilities are starting to show interest in using spectrum from legacy paging licences for smart grids. According to Full Spectrum chief executive Stewart Kantor, their European counterparts would do well to follow.
Thai 3G auction poised to go ahead on September 20 by Michael Newlands
The Thai telecoms regulator is gearing up for the country’s long-delayed 3G auction on September 20, although a last-minute application for a court injunction by state-owned CAT Telecom could still cause a hitch.
White space spectrum used in US hospital broadband trial by Michael Newlands
A trial broadband network for a US hospital is the world’s first white space network for healthcare providers and it also sees the first use of WiMAX technology in white space spectrum.
African operators launch pioneering UMTS900 services by Michael Newlands
Although refarming of 2G frequencies for 3G use has run up against delays and threats of legal action in the UK and elsewhere, African countries have been quick to realise the benefits and UMTS 900 networks are now being rolled out.
World's first LTE 1800 network launched in Poland by Michael Newlands
Poland has become the fourth country with a commercial LTE launch and the first in the world to use the 1800 MHz band for 4G services. TeliaSonera has commercially launched LTE in Norway, Sweden and Uzbekistan at 2.6 GHz.
Singapore’s second 3G auction planned for November 15 by Michael Newlands
Singapore’s telecoms regulator, the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), has published a set of auction rules and put back the auction date for a second batch of 3G spectrum by one month to November 15.
Slovenians and Austrians consider network sharing by Jonathan Watson
Slovenian regulator APEK has begun negotiations with the Austrian regulator on infrastructure sharing, according to the GSM Association.
Countries debate radiocommunication and policy matters before ITU conference by Scott Billquist, Geneva correspondent
An October ITU treaty conference may update the intergovernmental organisation's basic mandate on use of frequencies above 3000 GHz, cybersecurity, radiocommunication services and elected leadership.
Unbowed Mexican regulator allows auction results to stand by Michael Newlands
Following a period of uncertainty after Mexico’s recent PCS and AWS spectrum auction, regulator Cofetel has confirmed the results despite vigorous opposition from incumbents and various politicians seeking to have the auction overturned.
French UMTS 1800 pilot has implications for UK operators by Michael Newlands
A UMTS trial scheduled to be conducted in the 1800 MHz band in France this November will be watched with interest both by operators and regulators, particularly in countries such as the UK, where operators are licensed at either 900 or 1800 MHz.
Operators have high hopes for new mobile TV standard by Michael Newlands
Advances in technology have made the European Commission back away from its previous full-on support for the DVB-H mobile TV standard - to the extent it is now “highly interested” in the results a trial of new solution, IMB.
Brazil plans LTE rollout in time for 2014 World Cup by Michael Newlands
Brazil has become the first major country in the Americas to break step with the US bandplan at 2.6 GHz. In line with Europe and much of the rest of the world, it has chosen ITU Option 1 instead.
PMSE industry protests over compensation package by Michael Newlands
Lobbyists from the programme making and special events (PMSE) sector are accusing the UK government of exploiting technicalities to avoid paying compensation to companies being evicted from the channels they use.
Ofcom tests Olympic spectrum requirements by Dugie Standeford
Field tests at several sporting events show plans to manage spectrum needs during the 2012 London Olympics are on track, the UK regulator says. Part of the spectrum will come from the 2.6 GHz band, which is due to be auctioned by the end of 2011.
More spectrum not necessarily the answer for mobile operators by Michael Newlands
Mobile operators should be changing their business models and making use of new technologies to get the most out of their spectrum holdings, rather than pressing for the release of more spectrum, argue a telecoms consultant and an advocate of femtocells.
Operators watch and wait as Ofcom juggles hot potato by Michael Newlands
The UK coalition government’s first attempt to address the thorny issue of spectrum reform appears to have gone down better with stakeholders than the previous government’s proposals, although there are still a lot of unanswered questions.
Portugal and Italy move towards switch-off by Jonathan Watson
Portuguese regulator Anacom has approved the Portuguese government's proposed schedule for analogue switch-off (ASO) in the country. In Italy, the president of the regulator thinks ASO could be achieved by next year.
Battle to provide communications network for UK smart grid by Michael Newlands
Which spectrum bands and technologies are to be used to provide communications for the UK’s proposed smart grid are yet to be decided, but energy regulator Ofgem has released a detailed prospectus and consultation designed to provide some answers. Our special report on M2M communications concludes with a case study of policy development in the UK.
Does M2M need its own spectrum? by Michael Newlands
In the second part of our special report on machine to machine (M2M) communications we examine whether the sector can continue to thrive in the unlicensed bands and a mish-mash of other allocations or whether it needs its own dedicated spectrum.
Smart metering and smart grids dominate M2M space by Michael Newlands
In the first of a three part special report on machine to machine (M2M) communications we examine how the agenda is being driven by environmental and energy conservation issues.