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Court bars switch from 3G beauty contest to auction Premium

Apr 15, 2010 by Michael Newlands

A proposed auction of the remaining 2 x 10 MHZ of 2.1 GHz spectrum in the Philippines has been stopped by the country’s court of appeal.

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Campaign by public safety users starts to bear fruit Premium

Apr 09, 2010 by Dugie Standeford

European policymakers are warming to the idea that emergency services need more spectrum. The problem is where to find it.

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Time division variant of LTE faces its first test this summer Premium

Apr 08, 2010 by Michael Newlands

The world’s two biggest telecoms markets, China and India, may see the first rollout of time division duplex (TD)-LTE as early as 2011 when frequency division duplex (FD)–LTE is only starting to gain traction.

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Green light for Indian 3G auction on April 9 Premium

Apr 07, 2010 by Michael Newlands

This time it seems almost certain the Indian 3G and BWA auctions are finally going ahead following numerous postponements over the past two years, with the government having released a list of qualified bidders.

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UK government drops spectrum reform proposals Premium

Apr 07, 2010 by Michael Newlands

The UK Labour Party has abandoned attempts to get a special instrument (SI) authorising spectrum reform through parliament before the pre-election recess.

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EU and ITU call on Iran to stop satellite interference Premium

Apr 01, 2010 by Scott Billquist, Geneva Correspondent

In a highly unusual move European foreign ministers and the Radio Regulations Board have demanded action after repeated complaints from broadcasters.

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World's first "smart city" wireless network launches using TV white spaces Premium

Apr 01, 2010 by Scott Billquist

Local officials say the network is a "model for public-private partnerships"

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T-Mobile/Orange ordered to sell 1800 MHz spectrum to single buyer Premium

Mar 31, 2010 by Michael Newlands

The European Commission has released further details of the spectrum-related conditions related to the merger of the UK operations of T-Mobile and Orange.

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Switzerland tries to gauge demand for digital terrestrial television Premium

Mar 30, 2010 by Scott Billquist, Geneva Correspondent

The Swiss regulator, Ofcom, has opened a consultation to assess how many of the non-public broadcasters want to provide DVB-T services.

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Border issues with Russia hampers use of digital dividend band Premium

Mar 26, 2010 by Dugie Standeford

Under pressure to free up the 800 MHz band for wireless services, some European countries are still trying to resolve interference problems with Russia. The RSPG wants the EU to play a larger role in negotiations.

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Spectrum policy: no change is not an option says Neelie Kroes Premium

Mar 25, 2010 by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels’ correspondent

Commissioner Kroes used the Spectrum Summit to make a commitment to greater flexibility and greater competition

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German court throws out attempts to block auction Premium

Mar 24, 2010 by Michael Newlands

A bid by Germany’s two smallest mobile operators to halt the planned April 12 superauction of 340 MHz of spectrum in four bands has failed.

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Fear of regional lag dominates first EU spectrum summit Premium

Mar 23, 2010 by Dugie Standeford

There may be different views on the future of EU spectrum policy but summit participants agreed on the need to stop the region falling behind the US and Asia

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