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UK public sector users nervous about new type of spectrum licence Premium

Jul 14, 2009 by Dugie Standeford

Ofcom’s plan for innovation licences has strong support from government and commercial organisations, but rollout still depends on calming public sector fears.

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New laws to stimulate wireless industries in the US Premium

Jul 10, 2009 by Dugie Standeford

Bills which streamline the process of selling publicly owned bands and require the publication of a register of all spectrum usage are making their way through the US congress.

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New look FCC ready to get back into gear Premium

Jul 08, 2009 by Michael Newlands

After several months of operating with only three commissioners and no chairman the board of US regulator the Federal Communications Commission is (barring a major surprise) back to a full five-strong complement.

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Thai 3G auction delayed until 2010 Premium

Jul 07, 2009 by Michael Newlands

Thailand’s 50 million mobile subscribers will wait a while longer for their 3G upgrades, with regulator the National Telecommunications Commission set to push back an auction until next year.

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Emerging technologies point to more price competition for mobile backhaul in developing countries Premium

Jul 03, 2009 by Scott Billquist, Geneva correspondent

Satellite, terrestrial and mobile operators are using new technologies and networks to capture backhaul business and reduce costs of using other spectrum and network resources.

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UK signs up to harmonised digital dividend Premium

Jun 30, 2009 by Martin Sims

Ofcom today confirmed it would clear the 800 MHz band, falling into line with several other European countries.

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Editorial: Brave Finland points to the elephant Premium

Jun 29, 2009 by Martin Sims, Managing Editor

The Finns deserve credit for officially acknowledging that terrestrial TV may have a sell-by-date. It’s something that many choose to disregard, argues PolicyTracker’s Managing Editor, Martin Sims

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July 2009 printed issue available for download Premium

Jul 03, 2009 by Martin Sims

Our top story this month is Finland's innovative approach to TV spectrum. The Finns are probably the first country to put in black and white an uncomfortable truth: terrestrial TV may have a sell-by date.

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Developing world set to benefit from clampdown on “virtual” and “paper” satellites Premium

Jun 01, 2010 by Scott Billquist, Geneva Correspondent

For the first time the ITU Radiocommunication Bureau is trying to remove unused satellite frequency assignments to free up space for new networks, particularly those aimed at the developing world. It’s a response to the growing pressure on geostationary orbit slots and satellite spectrum.

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Reding eyes other portfolios but may remain at Information Society Premium

Jun 25, 2009 by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels correspondent

Is Luxembourger Viviane Reding going to keep the Information Society portfolio? According to her country's press, she would prefer to obtain the Internal Market or Consumer Protection dossiers. However, if this isn’t possible she may continue as Information Society Commissioner by default as she says she enjoys her current role.

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UK regulator postpones 2.6 GHz auction Premium

Jun 23, 2009 by Martin Sims

The UK’s troubled 2.6 GHz auction, which Ofcom hoped to hold in September once legal action had been resolved, has now been put on hold.

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Australia’s new spectrum principles embrace market mechanisms Premium

Jun 22, 2009 by Michael Newlands

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has just completed its first consultation governed by a new set of Principles for Spectrum Management which will determine the country’s spectrum policies in the years ahead.

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Swedish EU presidency backs beleaguered telecoms package Premium

Jun 19, 2009 by Dugie Standeford

Frustration is growing among policy-makers and politicians as a dispute between the European Parliament and Council of Ministers holds up the allocation of spectrum they regard as vital to Europe’s economic recovery.

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