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Sep 23, 2008 by admin

Commission despairs of telecoms review, looks to RSPG by Martin Sims
Viviane Reding sees so little prospect of achieving a useful compromise at the forthcoming Telecoms Council meeting she is hoping EU regulators will drive progress on spectrum policy, especially the digital dividend.
December 2007 printed issue available for download by Martin Sims
We have two top stories this month: the results of WRC-07 and an analysis of the European Commission's Framework Review Package
Commission proposes mandatory harmonisation of part of digital dividend by Martin Sims
Brussels urges member states to split up released analogue TV frequencies into three sub bands and relocate broadcasters operating in the upper bands.
270,000 euros for a national broadband licence in Sweden by Martin Sims
Sweden's 3.6-3.8GHz auction has raised proportionately much less than the Norwegian auction earlier in the month.
France: more support for high speed mobile access in digital dividend by Martin Sims
The second half of the French regulators research on using the freed-up analogue TV frequencies has shown that most market players - except broadcasters - want the bands used for mobile
Ofcom: you can provide HDTV without using the digital dividend by Martin Sims
The UK regulator has set out plans to squeeze four HDTV channels into the digital TV frequencies without removing any of the existing services or using any of the frequencies released by analogue switchoff.
Satellite community to closely monitor mobile deployments in C-Band by Martin Sims
Although about 90 countries identified spectrum for IMT in 3.4-3.6GHz at WRC-07 concerns remain about interference and some observers question the likely success of the terminal market without a global allocation.
PolicyTracker interview with Commissioner Reding by Martin Sims
PolicyTracker asked InfoSoc Commissioner Viviane Reding a series of questions about the Framework Review. Here is the full text of her responses.
Reding remains bullish about European regulator by Martin Sims
In an interview with PolicyTracker InfoSoc Commissioner Viviane Reding has maintained a vigorous defence of her proposals for a European regulator, despite opposition from regulators and industry.
New Ofcom wireless mic arrangement get qualified support by Martin Sims
The UK regulator's decision to allow the users of wireless microphones temporary access to released TV analogue channels has been welcomed by a trade body as a step in the right direction.
WRC-07: 'nobody has lost, everybody has gained' by Martin Sims
The ITU says WRC-07, which concludes today, is a great success which will deliver enormous benefits for the ICT sector and the developed and developing worlds alike. But broadcasters remain concerned.
Clearer picture emerges on WRC-07 mobile spectrum allocations by Martin Sims
The World Radio Conference in Geneva has identified four bands for advanced mobile services, including some currently used by TV and satellite services, but these are not all global allocations.
Europe's first technology neutral 2.6GHz auction raises €29M by Martin Sims
Prices paid for wireless broadband spectrum in Norway suggest strong valuations when the same frequencies are auctioned in the UK and Sweden next year. On the same basis a UK auction would raise €375M and a Swedish auction €56M.
Framework proposals a ‘boost for the wireless economy’ (Audio available) by Martin Sims
The European Commission this afternoon unveiled virtually unchanged Framework Review proposals: EU-wide rules for secondary trading; a presumption of service and technology neutrality and the creation of a EU telecoms regulator.
Europe's broadcasters warn about dangers of service neutrality by Martin Sims
Introducing service neutrality in the broadcast bands could increase interference, undermine cultural policy goals and lead to substantial wastage of spectrum, say broadcasters from both the public and commercial sectors.
UWB camp applauds Europe's UWB decision by Martin Sims
Nobody said it would be easy but nobody thought it would be this hard! At last, however, the harmonised introduction of Ultra Wide Band (UWB) products in Europe is imminent and both industry and regulators are happy.
Ofcom's 2.6GHz auction strategy puts the consumer first by Martin Sims
UK regulator Ofcom today tentatively outlined its strategy for auctioning the coveted 2.6GHz band, but given continued disagreement over technology neutrality at a European level, is the end of 2007 for completing the award somewhat ambitious.
November 2007 printed issue available for download by Martin Sims
Our top story this month is the progress made on opening up the mobile bands at the RA-07 and WRC-07 ITU meetings in Geneva.
Geneva ITU meetings increase flexibility for mobile by Martin Sims
Delegates have moved towards technology neutrality by admitting WiMAX into IMT-2000 and combining 3G and 4G allocations. However, agreement on the key agenda item, identifying spectrum for new mobile services, is no closer.
WRC-07 agrees flexibility for 3G and 4G spectrum by Martin Sims
In the mobile field WRC-07 has made progress on the categorisation issue but seems no closer to agreement on the key agenda item, identifying spectrum for new services.