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February 2009 printed issue available for download Premium

Feb 02, 2009 by Martin Sims

Our top story this month is the Whitespace coalition launching a European campaign to get access to the unused portions of the broadcasting spectrum.

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Whitespace coalition launches European campaign Premium

Jan 30, 2009 by Dugie Standeford

The computer and electronics giants which persuaded the US to open up licence-exempt spectrum “white spaces” for cognitive radio are now calling on European nations to follow suit. However, officials say regulatory, technical and economic issues must be ironed out first.

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Lower house rejects Obama’s switchover delay plan Premium

Jan 29, 2009 by Michael Newlands

New US President Barrack Obama’s attempt to delay the switchover from analogue to digital television from February 17 to June 12 was derailed yesterday (28 January) when the proposal failed to get the necessary two thirds majority in the House of Representatives.

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India: state telcos push ahead with 3G as auctions delays continue Premium

Jan 28, 2009 by Michael Newlands

The large-scale introduction of 3G in India continues to be put back with inter-Ministry squabbles, lawsuits, the economic crisis and a looming general election all helping to delay the auctions which would allow commercial operators to deploy services.

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World’s biggest mobile market rejects technology neutrality Premium

Jan 27, 2009 by Michael Newlands

China is finally issuing 3G licences but these are for specific technologies, including the home grown TD-SCDMA standard.

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Hong Kong: high prices for LTE but WiMAX spectrum unsold Premium

Jan 27, 2009 by Michael Newlands

The Hong Kong 2.6 GHz auction has closed with what's being described as a "victory for the LTE camp"

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Digital dividend harmonisation gathers momentum Premium

Jan 23, 2009 by Jonathan Watson

Four European countries have confirmed that they will be allocating 790-862 to non-broadcast services; three more nations could well follow suit.

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New wireless technology promises fibre speeds for up to one kilometre Premium

Jan 21, 2009 by Michael Newlands

A European project developing mm wave photonics says it can deliver speeds of 10Gb/s at 60GHz for last mile services as well as home networks that can support high definition television.

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UK defence ministry publishes final plan for spectrum release Premium

Jan 16, 2009 by Dugie Standeford

The UK military’s final strategy for trading or releasing spectrum holds few surprises but could offer great promise, industry representatives say.

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US lines up against France and Germany over IMT variants Premium

Jan 22, 2009 by Scott Billquist, Geneva Correspondent

A two-year ‘sprint’ to define the IMT-Advanced family of technologies begins in February. The US wants quick adoption of new WiMAX and CDMA variants but France and Germany say these should be treated as new interfaces.

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Strong bidding on first day of Hong Kong 4G auction Premium

Jan 12, 2009 by Michael Newlands

The Hong Kong Office of the Telecommunications Authority (Ofta) launched the territory’s first 4G auction today (Mon Jan 12) and after five rounds bidding had reached HK$489 million (US$63 million). Meanwhile the French Prime Minister has announced a timetable for auctioning the fourth 3G licence as well as the 2.6GHz and digital dividend sub-band.

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French digital dividend frequency release gets official approval Premium

Jan 12, 2009 by Jonathan Watson

French Prime Minister François Fillon has confirmed that the 790-862 MHz band will be allocated to electronic communications following analogue switch-off. In practice this is expected to mean using the band for mobile broadband.

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2008 Review: Spectrum trading fails to impress Premium

Jan 09, 2009 by Michael Newlands

When, in December 2004, the UK became the first European country to introduce spectrum trading, there were visions of a vibrant new market emerging as it has in the US where trades worth billions of dollars a year take place.

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