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US makes digital switchover today Premium

Jun 24, 2009 by Michael Newlands

The US is saying goodbye to analogue TV with the feeling that the country is much better prepared that it was in February, when switchover was originally scheduled to take place.

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Are Finns considering switching off all terrestrial TV? Premium

Jun 10, 2009 by Michael Newlands

An influential consultancy has praised Finland for its “joined-up thinking” on wired and wireless networks and encouraging the development of a wireless “last mile.” The country is also planning to carry out a review of terrestrial television in 2017.

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Indian 3G auction before year end says Minister Premium

Jun 05, 2009 by Michael Newlands

India’s on-off-on-off auction of 3G spectrum is now officially back on again and will be held before the end of this year says Telecoms Minister A. Raja.

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Swiss consider re-auctioning all mobile frequencies Premium

Dec 09, 2010 by Scott Billquist, Geneva Correspondent

The Swiss Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) is consulting on reassigning free mobile radio frequencies and those that will become vacant in the next few years.

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WiFi black spots caused by other devices not congestion Premium

WiFi black spots caused by other devices not congestion
Jun 03, 2009 by Michael Newlands

Researchers say WiFi reception is being knocked out not by the proliferation of routers but by other devices, particularly video senders. They say the solution is better interference management, not more WiFi spectrum.

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June 2009 printed issue available for download Premium

Jun 03, 2009 by admin

This month's issue considers the significance of a new stock market-type index for spectrum prices in the US; the future of the telecoms framework review and the InfoSoc Commissioner Viviane Reding; as well as looking at the latest developments in public sector spectrum.

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Will Reding remain as InfoSoc Commissioner? Premium

Jun 01, 2009 by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels’ correspondent

The first obstacle for Viviane Reding is the national elections in her native Luxembourg this week. If she clears that hurdle there is then the politicking over the composition of the next Commission with conflicting reports about her prospects.

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Resistance to emergency services broadband plan Premium

May 28, 2009 by Dugie Standeford

Efforts to find additional spectrum for European emergency services are running into problems as NATO and several radio administrations object to a proposal to study the 300 - 400 MHz band. Some governments say more spectrum is unnecessary.

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Military timetable slips amid confusion over nature of band manager Premium

May 22, 2009 by Dugie Standeford

While the UK military says it will meet next year’s deadline to release key bands they have fallen behind schedule and seem now to favour an “assistant” from the commercial sector rather than a band manager.

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Court action threatens pan-European S-band awards Premium

May 21, 2009 by Michael Newlands

The first pan-European spectrum award went to Inmarsat and Solaris mobile this week to provide satellite service particularly for rural areas. However, the process is the subject of a legal challenge which could see the award being overturned.

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UK: government-commissioned report contradicts Minister’s proposals Premium

May 20, 2009 by Michael Newlands

An “independent study” says Vodafone and O2 should be allowed to keep their prized 900 MHz holdings if they don’t bid for digital dividend spectrum. It says the UK’s refarming row can be solved by taking an integrated approach to all the possible next generation mobile spectrum, including 2.6GHz and 800MHz.

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Satellite clashes with mobile and WiMax after WRC-07 and European decisions Premium

May 18, 2009 by Scott Billquist, Geneva Correspondent

Commercial operators are slugging it out on a country-by-country basis as mobile and wireless broadband companies try to convince regulators to license their services in C-band while satellite interests endeavour to claw back the frequencies

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Launched today: a stock market-type index to track spectrum prices Premium

May 13, 2009 by Michael Newlands

The SpecEx Spectrum Index is a world first. It has been launched in the US but the company behind it wants to set up similar indices in Europe and elsewhere.

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