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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.
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.
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.
Italy has been leading the fight to delete references to the reuse of analogue TV frequencies from the review of the EU Telecoms framework.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
IT companies in Ecma International have started work on a standard for personal/portable equipment using the TV white spaces.
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.
Only one mobile operator, 02, is now pursuing the legal action which has blocked the auction of 2.6 Ghz in the UK.
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.