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Australia's emergency services stake claim to digital dividend Premium

Mar 16, 2011 by Jonathan Watson

The Police Federation of Australia (PFA) has urged the country's prime minister Julia Gillard to “ensure the government does not put profit before public safety” and to reserve 20 MHz of digital dividend spectrum for use by the police and emergency services.

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Spanish government outlines spectrum release plans Premium

Mar 14, 2011 by Jonathan Watson

The Spanish government has published its plans for releasing 310 MHz of spectrum in the 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands.

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Sweden's established operators win 800 MHz spectrum Premium

Jun 23, 2015 by Jonathan Watson

Sweden's 800 MHz auction ended on 4 March when six licences were awarded to the country's four main mobile operators.

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Ofcom publishes Recognised Spectrum Access regulation Premium

Mar 09, 2011 by Dugie Standeford

UK rules introducing spectrum trading for Crown bodies in the 3400 - 3600 MHz band take effect in March, and Ministry of Defence (MoD) spectrum could be available for commercial use late next year. Crown bodies include UK government departments and other government-sponsored agencies.

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New policies to bring Indian telecoms into the 21st century Premium

Mar 08, 2011 by Michael Newlands

With India’s spectrum scandals accentuating the problems of its much-criticised system for allocating 2G spectrum, the government is trying to draw a line in the sand with a set of new policies aimed at producing a market-driven, transparent telecoms sector.

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FCC seeks to improve wireless access for Native Americans Premium

Mar 07, 2011 by Dugie Standeford

Citing an “alarming lack” of telecoms services on American Indian tribal lands, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking ways to make more spectrum available for wireless uses.

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Romania urged to relaunch digital switchover Premium

Mar 04, 2011 by Jonathan Watson

A Romanian electronics industry association has written to the government to urge it to restart the country’s stalled digital switchover process.

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Swedish 800 MHz auction gets under way Premium

Mar 03, 2011 by Jonathan Watson

Sweden’s auction to assign licences for the use of spectrum in the 800 MHz band started on 28 February.

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Belgium to hold 3G and 4G auctions this year Premium

Mar 03, 2011 by Jonathan Watson

3G and 4G licences will be auctioned in Belgium in June 2011 and autumn 2011 respectively, according to the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunication (BIPT).

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Mobile needs take centre stage at WRC-12 preparatory meeting Premium

Mar 01, 2011 by Scott Billquist, Geneva correspondent

Mobile spectrum needs were raised by administrations and commercial interests during a two-week WRC-12 preparatory meeting in a bid to spur proposals to include the issue on the agenda of the 2015 conference.

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Spectrum “scams” alleged to have cost India billions of dollars Premium

Feb 28, 2011 by Michael Newlands

Ask the average citizen – or politician for that matter – in most countries what they understand by radio spectrum and the chances are you either won’t get an answer or it will be the wrong one. Not so in India, however, where allegedly massive scams involving the allocation of spectrum have put the topic on the front pages for several weeks and shaken the government to its core.

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Telstra joins the rapidly-growing LTE 1800 party Premium

Jun 23, 2015 by Michael Newlands

Australian incumbent Telstra will this year become the first major mobile operator to roll out LTE in the 1800 MHz band, which is looking increasingly likely to become not just a European but a global LTE band.

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RSPG considers policy implications of cognitive technologies Premium

Feb 24, 2011 by Dugie Standeford

Rollout of cognitive radio applications could be left to individual countries but research and standards should be coordinated at European level, the Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) said in a 10 February opinion addressing the possible spectrum policy implications arising from cognitive technologies. The report drew mixed reactions from broadcasters and from advocates of using white space.

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