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In the face of widespread opposition Information society commissioner Viviane Reding failed to get DVB-H recognised as the sole European standard for mobile TV.
Usage of unlicensed spectrum using both ultra-wideband (UWB) technology in the 3.4 to 9GHz part of the spectrum and WirelessHD technology at 60GHz crept tantalisingly closer in Europe during 2007.
Our top story this month is the boost for cognitive radio contained in the UK regulator's plans for the digital dividend.
European regulators agree a draft framework for technology neutral licensing in GSM frequencies; 2.6GHz “3G expansion band” and in the TV frequencies.
With Europe's regulators close to making a recommendation on cognitive radio Ofcom has adopted the US approach of allowing the technology to be used in the TV bands provided it doesn't cause interference.
On 18 December the the European Commission and the European Space Agency (ESA) announced a €48M grant to ensure the effective supply of the earth observation data collected from space.
With the next World Radio Conference due to examine whether the growth of short range devices could cause interference scientists are rallying regulators for better protection of the space-based sensing systems which monitor global warming.
Repeal of GSM directive delayed Premium
The agreement between EU member states to allow 900MHz and 1800MHz to be used for technologies other than 2G has not been passed into law as expected because of procedural objections raised by the European Parliament.
The European Commission and many others are convinced that mobile TV is a major opportunity for the region but new research suggests a challenging business model.
The preparatory meeting for WRC-2011 has set up a special body to study broadcast/mobile band sharing . Engineers will also be examining the possibility of interference from large numbers short range devices.
Ministers say the Commission's plans will need to be debated throughout the next two Presidencies, making it a very tight timetable to achieve agreement before the 2009 European elections.
InfoSoc Commissioner Viviane Reding says the Council of Ministers has backed her pro-DVB-H strategy for mobile TV; the ministers themselves say they want technology neutrality.
Viviane Reding sees so little prospect of achieving a useful compromise at the forthcoming Telecoms Council meeting she is hoping EU regulators will drive progress on spectrum policy, especially the digital dividend.