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Israel gets two new 3G operators Premium
After winning 3G licences to join the three 3G incumbents, two new players have been promised their auction payments back if they hit subscriber deadlines within five years.
Singapore's third largest mobile operator M1 has secured extra spectrum in the 1800 MHz band for S$21.69 million ($17.38 million) following a week-long auction.
The Obama administration and the mobile industry are fiercely lobbying Congress to authorise spectrum incentive auctions. Broadcasters, meanwhile, have accused the government of buying into overhyped fears of a “spectrum crisis” in rushing to reallocate TV frequencies.
A set of technical rules published by the European Commission (EC) and a set of principles published by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) both aim in different ways to help bring broadband internet to all in the EU.
Mexico’s largest broadcaster, MVS Telecomunicaciones, may buck the worldwide trend of broadcasters losing spectrum to mobile operators by keeping its surplus spectrum to build out a wholesale wireless broadband network.
Xavier Niel, founder and chief executive of French telecoms firm Iliad, has written to the country's industry minster Eric Besson to ask for a planned auction of spectrum suitable for 4G services to be delayed.
A group of private sector ISPs is challenging the legality of 3G networks being built out by Lebanon’s two state-owned operators, Alfa and MTC, on the grounds that they have not been awarded spectrum and operating licences in accordance with telecommunications laws.
Following 41 bidding rounds over four days of auction, two of Hong Kong’s five mobile operators walked away with 2 x 5 MHz lots of prime sub-1 GHz spectrum at a total cost of just under HK$2 billion ($251 million).
Cross-border spectrum coordination problems are tricky but can be solved with a mix of technology and good neighbourly relations, regulators say.
The European Commission has proposed EU spectrum policy priorities for the World Radiocommunication Conference 2012 (WRC-12). Topping the list is cross-border coordination of the use of the digital dividend 800 MHz band.
The French government is to commission a study on the long-term spectrum needs of the electronic communications, audiovisual and emergency and security sectors.
Latvia's Public Utilities Commission (PUC) announced on March 23 that it was abandoning plans to auction off rights to use 2.5 - 2.69 GHz spectrum for LTE services starting January 1, 2014 after the unnamed enterprise which had asked for an auction withdrew its request.
A blueprint for identifying and releasing by 2020 at least 500 MHz of sub-5 GHz spectrum currently held by the public sector was published by the UK government today.