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GSMA letter to G20 summit sparks criticism from European Commission Premium

Apr 24, 2009 by Michael Newlands

The GSM operators association has urged world leaders to boost their ailing economies by replacing spectrum auctions with a “nominal” upfront payment and rollout conditions. The GSMA also said the European Commission was showing a lack of leadership, provoking a vigorous response from Brussels.

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Former Obama advisor sees bigger role for unlicensed approach Premium

Apr 27, 2009 by Dugie Standeford

US willingness to consider allocation of open spectrum is already advanced and could blossom under an Obama Administration eager for innovation and new technologies, says a former member of the president’s transition team.

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Auto industry set to drive European take-up of DAB Premium

Apr 20, 2009 by Michael Newlands

A new DAB traffic information service and growing interest from car manufacturers are further encouraging signs in the development of digital radio. This article is the second in a series examining how the medium is coping with a challenging business climate and competition from other technologies.

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Digital dividend is sticking point for adoption of telecoms package Premium

Apr 16, 2009 by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels correspondent

Italy has been leading the fight to delete references to the reuse of analogue TV frequencies from the review of the EU Telecoms framework.

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Commission to give a recommendation on digital dividend by the autumn Premium

Apr 15, 2009 by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels correspondent

The European Commission is waiting for an expert opinion from member state regulators before launching a public consultation on a recommendation for the digital dividend. The consultation is due to start in July.

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US bill requires regulators to conduct spectrum inventory Premium

Apr 09, 2009 by Dugie Standeford

Industry has welcomed legislation pending in the US Congress requiring an audit of spectrum managed by the NTIA and FCC, but does it go far enough?

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Indian tribunal rules spectrum must be withdrawn from state telcos Premium

Apr 07, 2009 by Michael Newlands

In a ruling welcomed by private sector mobile operators, India’s Telecom Disputes Settlement And Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has ruled the government may not give preferential treatment to state-owned operators.

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Final approval for GSM refarming now expected in June Premium

Apr 06, 2009 by Dugie Standeford

EU institutions have moved closer to agreement on allowing deployment of UMTS and other technologies in the 900 MHz GSM band, but it is not yet a done deal.

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DAB: commercial failures matched by national successes Premium

Apr 04, 2009 by Michael Newlands

Despite a blow for commercial DAB in the UK March has seen better news in Europe with both Germany and France introducing legislation to speed up the introduction of the technology.

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Standards work required by FCC whitespace decision gets underway Premium

Apr 01, 2009 by Scott Billquist, Geneva Correspondent

IT companies in Ecma International have started work on a standard for personal/portable equipment using the TV white spaces.

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Deal at last on reforming the GSM Directive Premium

Mar 27, 2009 by Dugie Standeford

EU institutions this week reached tentative agreement which would finally allow the deployment of UMTS and other technologies in the 900 MHz GSM band. UMTS could be given the green light today.

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T-Mobile withdraws from UK 2.6 GHz legal challenge Premium

Mar 26, 2009 by Martin Sims

Only one mobile operator, 02, is now pursuing the legal action which has blocked the auction of 2.6 Ghz in the UK.

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US cognitive white space access: major hurdles still to clear Premium

Mar 25, 2009 by Scott Billquist, Geneva correspondent

Although the rules which allow cognitive access to US TV white space came into effect this month and the companies involved have agreed to set up a database, considerable obstacles remain. Broadcasters have launched an appeal, the mandatory technical standard has yet to be approved and as yet there is no agreed business model for operating the database.

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