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Spectrum liberalisation barriers must be broken down says UK government Premium

Oct 24, 2008 by Martin Sims

The UK's commitment to spectrum liberalisation has been underlined in a new communications industry action plan. The government is also determined to get progress on the repeal of the GSM Directive and the UK's stalled 2.6GHz auction.

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Ofcom U-turn over spectrum for lifeboats Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Michael Newlands

The UK regulator is encountering strong opposition to its plans to introducing spectrum pricing in the aviation and maritime sectors. The issued has been raised in parliament, followed by an abrupt change in Ofcom's proposals.

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Study calls for public spectrum modernisation Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Dugie Standeford

A study funded by the European Commission due later this month will make some "fairly radical" recommendations on how to improve spectrum use by Europe’s public sector, but take a cautious approach to market-based allocation mechanisms.

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Ireland awaits spectrum trading legislation Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Jonathan Watson

Legislation enabling spectrum to be traded in Ireland could be in place by 2010, according to the country’s wireless community.

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Ireland hopes to become Celtic tiger of wireless Europe Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Jonathan Watson

A consultants report for regulator ComReg calls for substantial frequency release after digital switchover and recommends the setting aside of an "innovation reserve."

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CEPT brings in new procedures following WRC splits Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Scott Billquist, Geneva Correspondent

European regulators have agreed to proposals for strengthening their agreed common positions after Russia and other countries were criticised for undermining these at last year’s World Radio Conference.

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Ofcom researches environmental obligations Premium

Oct 03, 2008 by Martin Sims

The UK regulator has commissioned a study to help it decide whether environmental protection should be added to its list of regulatory duties.

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October 2008 printed issue available for download Premium

Dec 23, 2008 by Martin Sims

Our top story this month is the European Parliament’s final verdict on the spectrum reform proposals contained in the Telecoms Framework Review.

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Reserve price seen as too high in D Block reauction proposals Premium

Aug 15, 2009 by Michael Newlands

The new proposals for auctioning D Block in the US seem to be as highly politicised as the proposals for rescuing Wall Street, which were being discussed by lawmakers at the same time.

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Parliament waters down Commission’s radicalism Premium

Sep 25, 2008 by Martin Sims

MEPs have voted through their amendments to the Commission’s Framework Review package. Viviane Reding wishes the spectrum reform had gone further but welcomes the Parliament’s commitment to flexibility and harmonisation.

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Whitespace investigation stalls amid recriminations Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Michael Newlands

The whitespace debate in the US is becoming increasingly acrimonious with the implications of the latest tests hotly disputed and the technology companies accusing broadcasters of running a misleading advertising campaign.

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Funding of telecoms regulator set to dominate MEP's vote Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels Correspondent

The European Parliament’s vote on the telecoms framework review has been put back from Tuesday to Wednesday this week. A compromise on spectrum management flexibility is a key part of the proposals.

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Irish regulator publishes spectrum strategy Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Jonathan Watson

ComReg favourably disposed towards spectrum trading; industry seeks clarification on digital dividend

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