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The UK's parliament has taken the rare step of organising a public event that focuses on spectrum.
Even though regulators and mobile operators continue to warn more spectrum is needed to deal with exploding demand for mobile Internet access, research firm Analysys Mason argues that claims of an impending mobile data “tsunami” are overblown.
The British Parliament has finally rubber stamped a special instrument (SI) which directs regulator Ofcom to go ahead with a range of spectrum reforms, some of which will await the outcome of a competition assessment.
Peru’s long-delayed award of 25 MHz of spectrum in the 1900 MHz band is due to be held by beauty contest on January 13.
Pan-Scandinavian CDMA operator Ice.Net won licences in the 400MHz band at two separate auctions in Denmark late last year.
Estonia's telecoms regulator has revealed the winning bidders in its auction of spectrum in the 2500 - 2690 MHz band. However, it says the final frequency assignments will not be confirmed for a few weeks.
Having earlier announced it is abandoning its stalled mobile TV business MediaFlo, US chipmaker Qualcomm has recouped a hefty chunk of its investment by selling the MediaFlo spectrum to AT&T. The mobile giant will use it for LTE.
After a two-year delay, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is restarting its spectrum liberalisation programme. Companies looking to use the surplus spectrum welcomed the move but said the release should now take place as quickly as possible.
Licences to use frequencies in the 800 MHz band in Sweden will be assigned in an auction starting at the end of February 2011, according to the regulator PTS. Those interested must apply no later than 31 January.
Germany should advocate pan-European harmonised spectrum above and below 1 GHz for public protection and disaster relief, WiK Consult and Aegis Systems have said in a study carried out for the country’s regulator and government. Scott Marcus, one of the authors of the study, believes it should spur a more intense discussion of the issues.
The Hong Kong telecoms regulator has announced plans to auction the territory’s remaining unused spectrum in the 850 and 900 MHz bands and the 2 GHz band in February 2011.
Mobile interests are lobbying regional groups to develop WRC-16 proposals to rationalise, consolidate and expand on frequency bands identified for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) for further harmonisation on a global basis.
IMT-Advanced co-existence with very small aperture terminals, TV receive-only and satellite news gathering devices could “seriously hamper” the chances of the technology fulfilling its promise, according to a study published by the UMTS Forum.