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Sep 23, 2008 by admin

Deal at last on reforming the GSM Directive by Dugie Standeford
EU institutions this week reached tentative agreement which would finally allow the deployment of UMTS and other technologies in the 900 MHz GSM band. UMTS could be given the green light today.
T-Mobile withdraws from UK 2.6 GHz legal challenge by Martin Sims
Only one mobile operator, 02, is now pursuing the legal action which has blocked the auction of 2.6 Ghz in the UK.
US cognitive white space access: major hurdles still to clear by Scott Billquist, Geneva correspondent
Although the rules which allow cognitive access to US TV white space came into effect this month and the companies involved have agreed to set up a database, considerable obstacles remain. Broadcasters have launched an appeal, the mandatory technical standard has yet to be approved and as yet there is no agreed business model for operating the database.
Swedish mobile operators reach amicable refarming agreement by Michael Newlands
Existing 900 Mhz license holders in Sweden have agreed among themselves to give spectrum to Three, which currently only holds 2.1 GHz spectrum. UK operators face an imposed solution unless they agree a similar deal by the end of April.
28 GHz: spectrum trade a sign of maturing FWA market? by Michael Newlands
In the UK’s first trade involving Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) spectrum for several years, Urban WiMax has bought a Greater London 28GHz license from Red-M. This is the last article in a series examining whether liberalisation has helped this band fulfil its potential.
ICT study and conference for Swedish presidency by Martin Sims
Sweden has commissioned a study to identify policy priorities in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) ahead of its presidency of the European Commission, which starts in July 2009.
German government acts to resolve digital dividend dispute by Dugie Standeford
The German Federal Cabinet has unveiled a broadband strategy that includes a compromise on allocation of “digital dividend” spectrum between broadcasters and mobile services.
ITU participants tee-up new work in the science services by Scott Billquist, Geneva Correspondent
New ITU-R studies will focus on space communications and time and frequency information from navigation and satellite systems.
UK call to use military band for IMT attracts interest by Scott Billquist, Geneva Correspondent
Spreading the idea of releasing 4.4 to 5.0 GHz from military use and hurdling NATO concerns could help fulfil government and industry interest in exploiting new spectrum opportunities for 4G and beyond.
Trade association formed for owners of liberalised spectrum in UK by Michael Newlands
The Commercial Spectrum Owners Association will campaign against unnecessary restrictions on spectrum usage and provide its members with a stronger voice in discussions with Ofcom.
Obama nominates old friend to key role as FCC chairman by Michael Newlands
As had been widely predicted, US President Obama has nominated a key adviser, Julius Genachowski, as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Although the appointment is subject to congressional approval this is expected to be a formality.
Bumpy ride continues for 3G standards updates in ITU by Scott Billquist, Geneva Correspondent
Although there is now a draft text on the table that would incorporate TDD and FDD variants into the IMT standard continuing opposition makes a speedy conclusion unlikely.
March 2009 printed issue available for download by Martin Sims
Our top story this month is the UK moves towards harmonising its digital dividend spectrum release with other European countries. While this has been welcomed by the mobile industry it raises new concerns for PMSE users.
28GHz: has liberalisation delivered innovation? by Michael Newlands
28GHz is now coming back into use and in this second article on the band we get the perspective of the companies offering the new services. These include a WiMAX network and the development of the UK’s first non-PMSE band managers. Is this sufficient innovation to make up for the years the band lay idle?
Does liberalisation work in practice: the case of 28GHz in the UK by Michael Newlands
A liberalised market should stimulate innovation, provide better services to customers and allow spectrum to migrate to the most economically valuable uses. In the first of two articles we ask if 28GHz in the UK is a liberalisation success story. The band was sold at around 200 times its current value nine years ago, and has since been underused; traded; and auctioned again. So has liberalisation enabled it to bounce back from this overvaluation?
EU Presidency proposes political oversight of spectrum policy by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels correspondent
EU member states may be prepared to compromise on giving a "European dimension" to the EU's new radio spectrum policy regime, according to an internal document obtained by Policy Tracker.
European regulators call for opening up of public sector spectrum by Dugie Standeford
The EU Radio Spectrum Policy Group has proposed best practices for the use of public sector spectrum for defence, public safety and transport. The opinion stresses spectrum-sharing, technology and service neutrality, and recognition that public sector does not always take precedence over commercial use.
Regulators chairman campaigns for digital dividend spectrum release by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels correspondent
Dániel Pataki, the head of the EU spectrum advisory group is urging his fellow regulators to release former analogue TV bands for mobile services. The RSPG is currently working on an opinion about the digital dividend, which is due to be delivered in May.
UK transmission company buys PMSE band manager by Martin Sims
Arqiva, which transmits the programmes for all the UK terrestrial broadcasters, has bought JFMG, which manages spectrum for wireless microphones and programme making services (PMSE).
Parliament and Commission push for harmonised digital dividend by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels correspondent
Despite the uncertainty over passing the telecoms package in this parliament MEPs and the Commission appear united in an effort to persuade national governments to adopt a more coordinated approach to the released analogue TV frequencies.