PolicyTracker: the spectrum management newsletter
PolicyTracker is the only newsletter devoted exclusively to spectrum management and policy. Take a trial by clicking on an article below or click here to find out more about our subscription service.
In the first of two articles on spectrum for LTE, we ask a panel of experts for their views on the apparently scattergun spectrum strategies operators are adopting for the technology and consider the commercial rollouts that have taken place in Europe so far. The next article will examine strategies and rollouts in other parts of the world.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has eliminated the requirement that white space devices sense the presence of TV channels but the commercial success of white space applications remains unclear.
Brazil is to hold a “super auction” of spectrum consisting of 165 licences in five different bands, including provision for two new national licences and the possibility of a new market entrant. The auction will start on December 15.
Thailand’s 3G auction, which was scheduled to start earlier this week, has been put on hold indefinitely after the Supreme Court today (September 23) upheld the injunction imposed last week by a lower court.
UK regulator Ofcom has published a detailed statement setting out how the programme making and special events (PMSE) industry will access spectrum following digital switchover and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications (RTR) has completed its auction of frequencies in the 2.6 GHz band. The total proceeds from the auction came to €39.53 million - less than the amount generated in the Danish 2.6 GHz auction, but more than the Dutch auction and far exceeding the overall minimum bid amount of €7.4 million.
The European Commission’s first multi-year radio spectrum policy programme calls for mandatory refarming of the 900/1800 MHz GSM band by 2012, release of the 800 MHz digital dividend band by 2013, an inventory of existing spectrum uses, and a stronger EU voice in international negotiations.
Thailand’s long-delayed 2.1 GHz auction, which was due to start this morning, has been hit by a last minute legal hitch. The earliest it could now kick off is Saturday 25 September, or it could go on hold indefinitely.
As part of its refarming of what was GSM-only spectrum for service and technology neutral licensing, Denmark’s telecoms regulator will auction off reclaimed 900 and 1800 MHz spectrum next month.
US utilities are starting to show interest in using spectrum from legacy paging licences for smart grids. According to Full Spectrum chief executive Stewart Kantor, their European counterparts would do well to follow.
The Thai telecoms regulator is gearing up for the country’s long-delayed 3G auction on September 20, although a last-minute application for a court injunction by state-owned CAT Telecom could still cause a hitch.
A trial broadband network for a US hospital is the world’s first white space network for healthcare providers and it also sees the first use of WiMAX technology in white space spectrum.
Although refarming of 2G frequencies for 3G use has run up against delays and threats of legal action in the UK and elsewhere, African countries have been quick to realise the benefits and UMTS 900 networks are now being rolled out.