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World’s first white spaces network launches in US Premium

World’s first white spaces network launches in US
Nov 17, 2009 by Michael Newlands

Telecoms regulators from the US, the UK, Brazil and Canada have expressed interest in the technology behind the world’s first white spaces network which has been launched on a non-commercial basis in a small American town.

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Opinion: forthcoming study on mobile phone health risks should be treated with caution Premium

Nov 16, 2009 by Dr Michael Repacholi, University of Rome

A World Health Organisation study to be published in the next few weeks is expected to produce publicity that will heighten fears about mobile phone usage increasing the risk of brain cancer. The findings need to be put in perspective, says Dr. Michael Repacholi, because the weight of scientific evidence indicates no danger to human health.

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Middle East envoy Tony Blair hails launch of Palestinian mobile operator Premium

Nov 12, 2009 by Michael Newlands

Despite still not having received all the spectrum it had been promised by Israel, Wataniya Mobile has gone ahead with the commercial launch of Palestine’s second mobile network.

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Spectrum trading proposals a "tentative step in the right direction" Premium

Nov 10, 2009 by Michael Newlands

UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has launched two consultations aimed at making it easier for spectrum to be traded. Stakeholders welcome them as a move in the right direction, but say a lot more needs to be done.

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Spectrum Usage Fees could derail WiMAX in Philippines Premium

Apr 16, 2010 by mikejournalist

Proposed charges for using wireless broadband services in the Philippines are far too high, according to a research body which reports to the country’s parliament

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Only one bidder for French 3G licence Premium

Nov 09, 2009 by Dugie Standeford

Telecommunications provider Iliad has submitted the only application for France’s fourth 3G licence. Despite its number-two ranking in the fixed-line arena, success in a booming mobile market is doubtful, analysts say.

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Compromise clears the way for adoption of the ‘telecoms package’ Premium

Nov 06, 2009 by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels correspondent

An agreement has been reached to end the dispute over internet piracy, which had prevented the adoption of the telecoms framework review. This package is now expected to be approved at the end of the month and will mean greater political control over spectrum policy.

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Russia changing policy on digital dividend? Premium

Nov 05, 2009 by Michael Newlands

Reports suggest Russia may implement the proposed European mobile sub-band and bring forward the date for digital switchover

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Digital dividend: now the next phase… Premium

Nov 06, 2009 by Michael Newlands

The long-awaited EC recommendation on harmonisation of the digital dividend is, of necessity, a political compromise. It holds no surprises and puts the onus back on the member states

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3GPP and IEEE technologies submitted for global 4G standardization Premium

Nov 05, 2009 by Scott Billquist, Geneva Correspondent

Six technologies based around the LTE and WiMAX air interfaces have been put forward to join the ITU’s new 4G standard, IMT advanced. These may eventually be consolidated into two candidates representing each technology strand.

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Middle East operators hold an advantage for LTE rollout Premium

Nov 04, 2009 by Michael Newlands

Tier one mobile operators in the Middle East and Africa have significant advantages over their counterparts in Europe and North America when it comes to rolling out next-generation LTE networks, according to a leading network planning and optimisation consultancy.

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Mobile satellite driving new demands for spectrum at WRC-2012 Premium

Nov 03, 2009 by Scott Billquist, Geneva Correspondent

Inmarsat and other mobile satellite interests are pressing for more spectrum to meet rising demand for ubiquitous broadband and other areas including disaster relief and logistical services.

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Zain Bahrain is Middle East pioneer with LTE-ready network Premium

Oct 30, 2009 by Michael Newlands

Bahrain looks likely to have the Middle East and North Africa region’s first fourth-generation LTE network following the announcement that Zain Bahrain is rolling out a future-proof, flat-architecture IP-based network.

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