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Telecoms regulators from the US, the UK, Brazil and Canada have expressed interest in the technology behind the world’s first white spaces network which has been launched on a non-commercial basis in a small American town.
A World Health Organisation study to be published in the next few weeks is expected to produce publicity that will heighten fears about mobile phone usage increasing the risk of brain cancer. The findings need to be put in perspective, says Dr. Michael Repacholi, because the weight of scientific evidence indicates no danger to human health.
Despite still not having received all the spectrum it had been promised by Israel, Wataniya Mobile has gone ahead with the commercial launch of Palestine’s second mobile network.
UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has launched two consultations aimed at making it easier for spectrum to be traded. Stakeholders welcome them as a move in the right direction, but say a lot more needs to be done.
Proposed charges for using wireless broadband services in the Philippines are far too high, according to a research body which reports to the country’s parliament
Telecommunications provider Iliad has submitted the only application for France’s fourth 3G licence. Despite its number-two ranking in the fixed-line arena, success in a booming mobile market is doubtful, analysts say.
An agreement has been reached to end the dispute over internet piracy, which had prevented the adoption of the telecoms framework review. This package is now expected to be approved at the end of the month and will mean greater political control over spectrum policy.
Reports suggest Russia may implement the proposed European mobile sub-band and bring forward the date for digital switchover
The long-awaited EC recommendation on harmonisation of the digital dividend is, of necessity, a political compromise. It holds no surprises and puts the onus back on the member states
Six technologies based around the LTE and WiMAX air interfaces have been put forward to join the ITU’s new 4G standard, IMT advanced. These may eventually be consolidated into two candidates representing each technology strand.
Tier one mobile operators in the Middle East and Africa have significant advantages over their counterparts in Europe and North America when it comes to rolling out next-generation LTE networks, according to a leading network planning and optimisation consultancy.
Inmarsat and other mobile satellite interests are pressing for more spectrum to meet rising demand for ubiquitous broadband and other areas including disaster relief and logistical services.
Bahrain looks likely to have the Middle East and North Africa region’s first fourth-generation LTE network following the announcement that Zain Bahrain is rolling out a future-proof, flat-architecture IP-based network.