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June 2009 printed issue available for download by admin
This month's issue considers the significance of a new stock market-type index for spectrum prices in the US; the future of the telecoms framework review and the InfoSoc Commissioner Viviane Reding; as well as looking at the latest developments in public sector spectrum.
Will Reding remain as InfoSoc Commissioner? by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels’ correspondent
The first obstacle for Viviane Reding is the national elections in her native Luxembourg this week. If she clears that hurdle there is then the politicking over the composition of the next Commission with conflicting reports about her prospects.
Resistance to emergency services broadband plan by Dugie Standeford
Efforts to find additional spectrum for European emergency services are running into problems as NATO and several radio administrations object to a proposal to study the 300 - 400 MHz band. Some governments say more spectrum is unnecessary.
Military timetable slips amid confusion over nature of band manager by Dugie Standeford
While the UK military says it will meet next year’s deadline to release key bands they have fallen behind schedule and seem now to favour an “assistant” from the commercial sector rather than a band manager.
Court action threatens pan-European S-band awards by Michael Newlands
The first pan-European spectrum award went to Inmarsat and Solaris mobile this week to provide satellite service particularly for rural areas. However, the process is the subject of a legal challenge which could see the award being overturned.
UK: government-commissioned report contradicts Minister’s proposals by Michael Newlands
An “independent study” says Vodafone and O2 should be allowed to keep their prized 900 MHz holdings if they don’t bid for digital dividend spectrum. It says the UK’s refarming row can be solved by taking an integrated approach to all the possible next generation mobile spectrum, including 2.6GHz and 800MHz.
Satellite clashes with mobile and WiMax after WRC-07 and European decisions by Scott Billquist, Geneva Correspondent
Commercial operators are slugging it out on a country-by-country basis as mobile and wireless broadband companies try to convince regulators to license their services in C-band while satellite interests endeavour to claw back the frequencies
Launched today: a stock market-type index to track spectrum prices by Michael Newlands
The SpecEx Spectrum Index is a world first. It has been launched in the US but the company behind it wants to set up similar indices in Europe and elsewhere.
Internet piracy dispute blocks telecoms package by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels correspondent
Although MEPs have found a compromise to resolve the disagreements over the digital dividend, the review of the framework directive has been put back until September due to a row about cutting off illegal downloaders.
Transport management system set to move into former UK military band by Dugie Standeford
As the UK Ministry of Defence prepares to release spectrum for commercial use, one local government body is already trialing the 3.3 GHz band for intelligent transport applications.
UK refarming deadline passes without agreement by Michael Newlands
The end of April time limit set by UK telecoms minister Stephen Carter for mobile operators to reach their own deal on re-using the 900 MHz GSM has come and gone. There is no sign of urgent action by the government or the regulator, Ofcom.
ITU countries start new work in the satellite services by Scott Billquist, Geneva Correspondent
Participants in ITU-R will start new work on 11 new satellite services matters, said a letter circulated by the Radiocommunication Bureau. The work will result in new reports and recommendations, according to proposals developed in an ITU-R study group and approved by countries, it said.
Fledgling spectrum markets set to weather financial storm by Michael Newlands
The credit crunch may have undermined public faith in market economics but moves towards greater spectrum liberalisation seem unaffected. There are no signs of policy u-turns in Europe and spectrum trading in the US continues to grow.
May 2009 printed issue available for download by admin
This month's issue examines the role of the digital dividend debate within the telecoms framework review; the impact of the economic downturn on spectrum policy; and new initiatives on public sector spectrum in the US.
Opinion: the most important users should get the best spectrum by Cyprien de Cosson, Managing Director, ATDI
We need to rethink our attitude to spectrum pricing, argues ATDI’s Managing Director Cyprien de Cosson. Those users with the greatest claim on the airwaves should have sufficient interference-free spectrum, while less important users should be made to share.
Verizon calls for D-block to be given wholly to public services by Michael Newlands
US telecoms industry insiders have reacted positively to a new plan from Verizon Wireless for the creation of a interoperable broadband network for US emergency services rather than the public/private partnership previously proposed.
GSMA letter to G20 summit sparks criticism from European Commission by Michael Newlands
The GSM operators association has urged world leaders to boost their ailing economies by replacing spectrum auctions with a “nominal” upfront payment and rollout conditions. The GSMA also said the European Commission was showing a lack of leadership, provoking a vigorous response from Brussels.
Former Obama advisor sees bigger role for unlicensed approach by Dugie Standeford
US willingness to consider allocation of open spectrum is already advanced and could blossom under an Obama Administration eager for innovation and new technologies, says a former member of the president’s transition team.
Auto industry set to drive European take-up of DAB by Michael Newlands
A new DAB traffic information service and growing interest from car manufacturers are further encouraging signs in the development of digital radio. This article is the second in a series examining how the medium is coping with a challenging business climate and competition from other technologies.
Digital dividend is sticking point for adoption of telecoms package by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels correspondent
Italy has been leading the fight to delete references to the reuse of analogue TV frequencies from the review of the EU Telecoms framework.