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Sep 23, 2008 by admin

3GPP and IEEE technologies submitted for global 4G standardization by Scott Billquist, Geneva Correspondent
Six technologies based around the LTE and WiMAX air interfaces have been put forward to join the ITU’s new 4G standard, IMT advanced. These may eventually be consolidated into two candidates representing each technology strand.
Middle East operators hold an advantage for LTE rollout by Michael Newlands
Tier one mobile operators in the Middle East and Africa have significant advantages over their counterparts in Europe and North America when it comes to rolling out next-generation LTE networks, according to a leading network planning and optimisation consultancy.
Mobile satellite driving new demands for spectrum at WRC-2012 by Scott Billquist, Geneva Correspondent
Inmarsat and other mobile satellite interests are pressing for more spectrum to meet rising demand for ubiquitous broadband and other areas including disaster relief and logistical services.
Zain Bahrain is Middle East pioneer with LTE-ready network by Michael Newlands
Bahrain looks likely to have the Middle East and North Africa region’s first fourth-generation LTE network following the announcement that Zain Bahrain is rolling out a future-proof, flat-architecture IP-based network.
European Commission publishes digital dividend recommendation tomorrow by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels correspondent
A draft of this non-binding measure seen by PolicyTracker follows similar lines to this summer’s consultation. It calls for the harmonized use of the 790-862 MHz sub-band for non-broadcasting services and digital switchover by 2012.
Olympics “biggest-ever” spectrum demand spike but UK can cope, says Ofcom by admin
UK regulator says digital switchover, access to public sector resources and increased efficiency will provide enough spectrum to meet demands at the London Olympic Games in 2012.
CEPT re-organises but members wonder if sector-wide reform is needed by Martin Sims
The European regulators organisation, CEPT, is celebrating its fiftieth birthday by streamlining its organisation but does this need to extend to multi-agency regulatory structures? What would a little green man from mars make of the proliferation of bodies dealing with spectrum?
EU legalises refarming of 2G spectrum by Michael Newlands
It’s finally official and legal: 900 MHz spectrum in Europe can now be used for services other than 2G GSM following publication in the EU’s official journal of measures to modernise 1987’s GSM Directive.
Government acts on UK refarming dispute by Michael Newlands
Trading for the mobile bands, with spectrum caps to ensure competition and nationwide roll-out requirements for mobile broadband look set to be the key features of the UK’s approach to GSM refarming, which is the subject of a new consultation.
Government consulting on spectrum broker’s final proposals by Michael Newlands
The British government today launched a consultation on how to make the best use of what it calls “digital spectrum” following the publication of a final set of proposals drawn up by the so-called Independent Spectrum Broker, Kip Meek.
Fears that WRC 2012 proposals could harm meteorological services by Scott Billquist, Geneva Correspondent
The meteorological community is warning that plans to identify bands for in-car radar, mobile satellite service, unmanned aircraft and electronic newsgathering could cause interference to scientific services
Commission and mobile operators expected to challenge German digital dividend auction by Dugie Standeford
The German regulator is being accused of favouring incumbents after the announcement of its plans to sell off former analogue TV frequencies.
FCC sets D-block timetable but gives no clear plans by Dugie Standeford
The US regulator has given itself four months to come up with new proposals for D-block, the spectrum which failed to sell at last year's 700MHz auction. The FCC still favours a public/private partnership but the policy-making process is being hampered by a lack of consensus among the public safety community, commercial interests and politicians.
François Rancy to be proposed as ITU-R director by Scott Billquist, Geneva Correspondent
The current head of the French frequency agency is to be a candidate for ITU's top job in spectrum management.
Opinion: Avoid the “L-word”? by Robert Horvitz, Open Spectrum Foundation
Should we welcome European regulators’ historic shift to talk about authorisations rather than licences? It may have benefits in Europe, argues Robert Horvitz, but the advantages elsewhere are questionable.
Give spectrum regulation to competition authority says new NZ mobile operator by Michael Newlands
New Zealand has finally got a third mobile operator but the company has launched a scathing attack on national spectrum policy.
Civil use of unmanned aircraft systems faces regulatory hurdles by Scott Billquist, Geneva Correspondent
A lack of spectrum, legal recognition and safe coordination with existing aircraft traffic are all issues to be resolved before commercial unmanned aircraft services can get off the ground.
Ronald Coase: Assessing the impact by Dugie Standeford
Coase’s 1959 article was certainly influential, but how applicable is it today? Has it set the framework for modern spectrum management? We asked the man himself – now 98 years old – as well as some of the leading thinkers in the field.
Ronald Coase: A historic anniversary by Dugie Standeford
Fifty years ago this month, spectrum management began to change. Economist Roland Coase – later to win a Nobel prize – wrote an academic paper which called for a market-based approach to spectrum licensing. This much quoted work became the cornerstone of the liberalisers’ approach. Here we look at what it said, while a separate article assesses its legacy.
Iraq is region’s most competitive cellular market by Michael Newlands
Iraq has just been named as the Arab World’s most competitive cellular market by the Arab Advisors Group, replacing Jordan which topped the Cellular Competition Intensity Index the previous two years.