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Our top story this month is the Whitespace coalition launching a European campaign to get access to the unused portions of the broadcasting spectrum.
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.
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.
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.
China is finally issuing 3G licences but these are for specific technologies, including the home grown TD-SCDMA standard.
The Hong Kong 2.6 GHz auction has closed with what's being described as a "victory for the LTE camp"
Four European countries have confirmed that they will be allocating 790-862 to non-broadcast services; three more nations could well follow suit.
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.
The UK military’s final strategy for trading or releasing spectrum holds few surprises but could offer great promise, industry representatives say.
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.
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.
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.
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.