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At a time when consolidation is the name of the game in much of the world, Chile has just awarded two new 3G licenses to give the country of 16 million people a total of five mobile operators.
Potential problems for femtocells like interference, providing emergency service location information and common definitions for the technology are being raised in international forums but a consensus has yet to emerge on how to deal with them
India now seems on track to proceed with an auction of seven national licenses, covering both 3G and WiMAX frequencies. The opportunity to address a market of over a billion people means the outcome is being eagerly anticipated.
The eagerly-awaited consultants report commissioned by Brussels has concluded that a harmonised mobile sub-band will bring enormous economic benefits and should be mandated in all member states.
The announcement of a proposed merger of the UK mobile operations of France Telecom’s Orange and Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile strengthens the arguments of the incumbent French operators who are appealing to the EU over the imminent issue of a further 3G license.
Portugal’s consultation on the reuse of the analogue TV frequencies has demonstrated considerable support for following Spain and adopting the mobile-friendly approach proposed by the European Commission.
Although Europe’s big economies are supporting the harmonisation of the 800 MHz band due to be proposed in a Commission Communication this autumn there is still significant opposition from broadcasters and some national administrations.
Plans by the Obama Administration to levy new spectrum licence user fees appear to be headed nowhere, observers say.
The vibrant UK mobile industry leaves a heavy carbon footprint, an Ofcom-commissioned report on the environmental impact of communications systems found. Separate mobile networks and handset subsidies are being recognized as possible culprits but firm policies have yet to be formulated.
A new technology for spectrum monitoring, profiled in Policy Tracker a year ago, is rapidly moving into the mainstream following a year-long spectrum mapping contract on behalf of UK regulator, Ofcom.
The introduction of national WiMAX networks in Nigeria has been put on hold again after the government ordered telecoms regulator the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to withdraw the three 2.3GHz licenses it had awarded and start a new tendering process.
Current proposals to refarm GSM spectrum and auction the digital dividend and 2.6GHz bands cannot come into force for at least a year because of the procedures required of both government and regulator, writes Colin Long
Ofcom has backtracked on a plan to set administrative incentive pricing for maritime and aeronautical radar spectrum licences, saying the government should decide how to maximise use of the bands.