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France’s highest court, the Conseil d’Etat, has rejected Free Mobile’s demand that fees for licences won in the country’s upcoming 4G spectrum auction should not have to be paid upfront.
The Baltic countries are clearing the way for 4G services across almost all of their territories using the 790–862 MHz digital dividend band.
Spectrum may be “America’s Achilles' heel” in the race for 4G deployment, according to a new report from Deloitte on the technology’s impact on US economic growth and competitiveness.
Poland’s Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) has called on local operator Aero 2 to make it easier for people to access its free internet services, which the company is obliged to provide under the terms of its 2.6 GHz spectrum licence agreement. The regulator said the operator has not been doing enough to meet the tender obligations.
The Bangladeshi government has decided to take on board protests from operators and criticism from the GSM Association in setting its final pricing plans for 2G licence renewals.
The growing attractiveness of 1800 MHz band spectrum to launch LTE services has been underlined by an auction in Korea which saw a 20 MHz lot sell for $925 million.
Following a lengthy and detailed consultation process, Ireland’s telecoms regulator has published a draft decision with the aim of holding a multi-band auction within the next few months.
A German court has ruled that the €8.4 billion paid by a Telefónica-led consortium for a 3G licence in August 2000 will not have to be repaid.
Whether US regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) comes down on the side of would-be national wholesale broadband network operator LightSquared, and allows it to launch LTE in the lower part of the satellite L-Band, or rules in favour of the GPS lobby and halts the launch, could decide whether there will be a 4G telecoms duopoly.
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) can convert satellite spectrum into wireless competition but only if industry steps up to the challenge, says LightSquared chief executive Sanjiv Ahuja. The unique project, which uses mobile satellite spectrum (MSS) to build a wholesale wireless network, is facing stiff opposition from the Global Positioning Service (GPS) community but is likely to move forward in some form, one analyst says.
A draft national telecoms policy aimed at liberalising the Indian spectrum allocation and licensing process by making it wholly market driven has been drawn up by the country’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) and leaked to the local media, although it has not yet been officially published yet.
Latvia’s Public Utilities Council (PUC) has published a consultative document on its plans for an auction of the 2.6 GHz band by the end of this year, proposing (for discussion by operators) that the contest be held either as a combinatorial clock auction or in a simultaneous multi-round ascending (SMRA) format.
US telecoms regulator the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has signed agreements with regulators in neighbouring Canada and Mexico to share commercial 700 MHz wireless broadband spectrum in border areas.