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Ofcom’s plan for innovation licences has strong support from government and commercial organisations, but rollout still depends on calming public sector fears.
Bills which streamline the process of selling publicly owned bands and require the publication of a register of all spectrum usage are making their way through the US congress.
After several months of operating with only three commissioners and no chairman the board of US regulator the Federal Communications Commission is (barring a major surprise) back to a full five-strong complement.
Thailand’s 50 million mobile subscribers will wait a while longer for their 3G upgrades, with regulator the National Telecommunications Commission set to push back an auction until next year.
Emerging technologies point to more price competition for mobile backhaul in developing countries Premium
Satellite, terrestrial and mobile operators are using new technologies and networks to capture backhaul business and reduce costs of using other spectrum and network resources.
Ofcom today confirmed it would clear the 800 MHz band, falling into line with several other European countries.
The Finns deserve credit for officially acknowledging that terrestrial TV may have a sell-by-date. It’s something that many choose to disregard, argues PolicyTracker’s Managing Editor, Martin Sims
Our top story this month is Finland's innovative approach to TV spectrum. The Finns are probably the first country to put in black and white an uncomfortable truth: terrestrial TV may have a sell-by date.
For the first time the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau is trying to remove unused satellite frequency assignments to free up space for new networks, particularly those aimed at the developing world. It’s a response to the growing pressure on geostationary orbit slots and satellite spectrum.
Is Luxembourger Viviane Reding going to keep the Information Society portfolio? According to her country's press, she would prefer to obtain the Internal Market or Consumer Protection dossiers. However, if this isn’t possible she may continue as Information Society Commissioner by default as she says she enjoys her current role.
The UK’s troubled 2.6 GHz auction, which Ofcom hoped to hold in September once legal action had been resolved, has now been put on hold.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has just completed its first consultation governed by a new set of Principles for Spectrum Management which will determine the country’s spectrum policies in the years ahead.
Frustration is growing among policy-makers and politicians as a dispute between the European Parliament and Council of Ministers holds up the allocation of spectrum they regard as vital to Europe’s economic recovery.