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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.
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.
Sweden's 800 MHz auction ended on 4 March when six licences were awarded to the country's four main mobile operators.
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.
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.
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.
A Romanian electronics industry association has written to the government to urge it to restart the country’s stalled digital switchover process.
Sweden’s auction to assign licences for the use of spectrum in the 800 MHz band started on 28 February.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.