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Brazil hopes 450 MHz auction will bring affordable broadband countrywide Premium

Jun 23, 2015 by Michael Newlands

After initially trying to give the band to fixed-line operators, the Brazilian government has had a rethink and will now auction off 450 MHz spectrum using a special bandplan to optimise wireless broadband over CDMA.

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US announces major reform of wireless backhaul regulations Premium

Aug 10, 2011 by Dugie Standeford

The US Federal Communications Commission has freed up around 650 MHz for wireless backhaul, and is considering how to make microwave communications more flexible and cost-effective.

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“Chaotic” Italian super auction set to end by September 30 Premium

Aug 09, 2011 by Michael Newlands

Italy’s telecoms regulator Agcom appears to be on schedule to hold an earlier-than-expected “super auction” of 300 MHz of spectrum in four different bands before the end of next month.

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Mobile broadband tops US agenda for World Radio Conference Premium

Aug 08, 2011 by Dugie Standeford

US priorities for WRC-12 are mobile broadband, unmanned aircraft systems, space research and wireless avionics services, key officials said at a recent press briefing. But with extensive bilateral talks still ongoing on many of the 33 agenda items, they refused to speculate on what the final US negotiating strategy will be.

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Spain achieves healthy prices in its 4G auction Premium

Sep 20, 2011 by Michael Newlands

In its second spectrum auction of the year, the Spanish Industry Ministry has raised €1.815 bn from the sale of 4G licences to operate in 800 MHz, 900 MHz and 2.6 GHz.

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Hungarian auction plans to attract new entrant Premium

Jul 27, 2011 by Michael Newlands

The Hungarian government is planning to auction off unused 900 and 1800 MHz spectrum on a technology-neutral basis before the end of 2011. This would allow licence holders to offer either 3G or 4G services.

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On/off Pakistan 3G auction now planned for January 2012 Premium

Jul 27, 2011 by Michael Newlands

Pakistan’s 3G auction, originally planned as far back as 2008, now looks likely to take place in January 2012. Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has appointed a committee of three cabinet ministers to prepare the groundwork.

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Green light expected soon for Peruvian auctions Premium

Jun 23, 2015 by Michael Newlands

With its new government being sworn in at the end of July, Peru’s delayed 900 MHz and AWS auctions are expected to be given the green light soon and take place before the end of the year – possibly as soon as Q3.

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Draft US spectrum incentive auction legislation raises concerns Premium

Jul 25, 2011 by Dugie Standeford

Draft legislation being championed by Republicans in the US House of Representatives would authorise spectrum incentive auctions, require any licensed or unlicensed spectrum made available for commercial use to be auctioned, and prohibit the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from capping total spectrum holdings. There is much to dislike in the “discussion” document, say broadcasters, wireless services providers and public interest advocates.

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New multiplex company to get 8 MHz in white spaces for local TV Premium

Jul 22, 2011 by Michael Newlands

The UK government has published an ambitious framework to bring local TV to people throughout the country, with the main delivery mechanism being the digital terrestrial television (DTT) platform using the TV white spaces.

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Swiss regulator fires spectrum auction starting gun Premium

Jul 21, 2011 by Jonathan Watson

The Swiss "big bang" spectrum auction could raise at least CHF 637 million (€547 million), according to amended tender documents published by Swiss regulator OFCOM this week.

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European Commission plans spectrum inventory Premium

Jul 20, 2011 by Dugie Standeford

The European Commission is reviewing tenders for an inventory of existing public and private spectrum use in the 300 MHz - 3 GHz range and an analysis of whether the spectrum is being used efficiently. Regulators hope the results will guide talks on future needs and policy priorities.

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Latvia plans to auction 2.6 GHz spectrum by end-January 2012 Premium

Jul 26, 2011 by Juris Kaza

The Latvian Public Utilities Commission (PUC) announced in mid-July that it intends to auction part of the 2.6 GHz band by 30 January 2012, with usage rights starting for the winners on 1 January 2014.

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