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The news that the two largest mobile operators in the US oppose the FCC’s decision to mandate data roaming between carriers is no surprise. The threat of legal action to try and overturn the decision could also have been predicted. But unless the FCC goes further and mandates interoperability, none of this really matters.
Having derailed 3G indefinitely by upholding a petition brought by Thai state-owned operators to postpone the long-planned 2.1 GHz auction last September, the Central Administrative Court has issued a ruling which may break the 3G logjam.
The EU Member States and the European Parliament will have to work hard if they want to bridge the divide between them on the EU's future radio spectrum policy. They have adopted quite different views of the European Commission's proposal for a five-year programme to open up radio frequencies for wireless broadband.
EU telecoms ministers have backed the European Commission’s proposed negotiating stance for the World Radiocommunication Conference 2012. One key objective is cross-border use of the digital dividend 800 MHz band.
Ever since China Mobile started its major international drive to accelerate the development of TD-LTE, it has seemed likely that operators long used to paired spectrum would take the opportunity also to use their often fallow unpaired spectrum.
Orange and Yoigo are the only mobile operators to have lodged bids in the Spanish 900 and 1800 MHz licence contest, according to the country's ministry of industry, tourism and trade.
The future for wireless microphone users became clearer this week as Ofcom published a statement on how much white space spectrum will be available after digital switchover and band manager JFMG's free online look-up tool went live.
To reach its ambitious target of bringing 100 Mbps broadband to the whole country by 2012, the Danish government will have to make at least an additional 600 MHz of spectrum available for wireless broadband, according to a report just published by the National IT and Telecom Agency (NITA).
French regulator ARCEP has published its draft decisions on the procedures for assigning frequencies in the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands.
The US National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is not doing a good job of overseeing federal spectrum, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) made public on 12 May.
A report from the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) casts doubt on some of the projections of mobile data growth that have been used to fuel claims of a “spectrum crisis” - just as the UMTS Forum predicts that voice and data traffic on mobile networks will grow more than 30-fold during the decade ahead.
A partnership formed by two cable operators is the sole applicant for Belgium's fourth 3G licence, according to the Belgian Institute for Post and Telecommunications (BIPT).
The process for awarding France's fourth 3G mobile licence in 2009 did not involve any state aid, the European Commission has ruled.