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January 2008 printed issue available for download Premium

Dec 23, 2008 by Martin Sims

Our top story this month is the boost for cognitive radio contained in the UK regulator's plans for the digital dividend.

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EEC meeting approves WAPECS report for consultation Premium

Dec 20, 2007 by Martin Sims

European regulators agree a draft framework for technology neutral licensing in GSM frequencies; 2.6GHz “3G expansion band” and in the TV frequencies.

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Cognitive radio gets headstart in Europe Premium

Dec 20, 2007 by Martin Sims

With Europe's regulators close to making a recommendation on cognitive radio Ofcom has adopted the US approach of allowing the technology to be used in the TV bands provided it doesn't cause interference.

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Grant to improve Europe's flow of satellite earth-observation data Premium

Dec 19, 2007 by Martin Sims

On 18 December the the European Commission and the European Space Agency (ESA) announced a €48M grant to ensure the effective supply of the earth observation data collected from space.

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New efforts to safeguard space services used to predict disasters Premium

Dec 19, 2007 by Martin Sims

With the next World Radio Conference due to examine whether the growth of short range devices could cause interference scientists are rallying regulators for better protection of the space-based sensing systems which monitor global warming.

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Repeal of GSM directive delayed Premium

Dec 18, 2007 by Martin Sims

The agreement between EU member states to allow 900MHz and 1800MHz to be used for technologies other than 2G has not been passed into law as expected because of procedural objections raised by the European Parliament.

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Mobile TV advances despite lack of consumer interest Premium

Dec 14, 2007 by Martin Sims

The European Commission and many others are convinced that mobile TV is a major opportunity for the region but new research suggests a challenging business model.

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Joint task group created to investigate sharing broadcasting and mobile services Premium

Dec 23, 2008 by Martin Sims

The preparatory meeting for WRC-2011 has set up a special body to study broadcast/mobile band sharing . Engineers will also be examining the possibility of interference from large numbers short range devices.

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Can the Framework Review proposals be approved in time? Premium

Dec 04, 2007 by Martin Sims

Ministers say the Commission's plans will need to be debated throughout the next two Presidencies, making it a very tight timetable to achieve agreement before the 2009 European elections.

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Council of Ministers: one meeting but two different stories Premium

Dec 04, 2007 by Martin Sims

InfoSoc Commissioner Viviane Reding says the Council of Ministers has backed her pro-DVB-H strategy for mobile TV; the ministers themselves say they want technology neutrality.

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Commission despairs of telecoms review, looks to RSPG Premium

Dec 20, 2008 by Martin Sims

Viviane Reding sees so little prospect of achieving a useful compromise at the forthcoming Telecoms Council meeting she is hoping EU regulators will drive progress on spectrum policy, especially the digital dividend.

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December 2007 printed issue available for download Premium

Dec 23, 2008 by Martin Sims

We have two top stories this month: the results of WRC-07 and an analysis of the European Commission's Framework Review Package

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Commission proposes mandatory harmonisation of part of digital dividend Premium

Dec 23, 2008 by Martin Sims

Brussels urges member states to split up released analogue TV frequencies into three sub bands and relocate broadcasters operating in the upper bands.

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