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Delegates have moved towards technology neutrality by admitting WiMAX into IMT-2000 and combining 3G and 4G allocations. However, agreement on the key agenda item, identifying spectrum for new mobile services, is no closer.
In the mobile field WRC-07 has made progress on the categorisation issue but seems no closer to agreement on the key agenda item, identifying spectrum for new services.
Wide-ranging pressure is producing significant progress with 16 European regulators having approved the use of mobiles on aircraft. Trials in three EU countries as well as a Commission recommendation are expected by December.
Alternative ways of controlling interference have only limited application, says a new study. However, it is expected to make controversial recommendations like removing reference to safety services from the definition of harmful interference.
Manufacturers of UWB devices are eyeing Europe eagerly and one even has a product which complies with draft EU standards but progress is being hindered by the failure of most member states to update their legal frameworks.
The amount of spectrum allocated to licence-free use is usually an arbitrary regulatory decision. But is there another way? Yes, argues Robert Horvitz, who was recently asked to give his assessment of spectrum reform in the UK.
Telecoms operators need 150MHz of spectrum says report commissioned by regulator
The ITU Radiocommunication Assembly (RA-07) meeting in Geneva agreed about an hour ago to include WiMAX in the IMT-2000 family, which includes the dominant 3G technologies, UMTS and CDMA-2000.
This week has seen the UK switch off a single analogue channel in a town of 25,000 people while Sweden has ceased analogue transmissions entirely with few complaints from the public
Broadcasters are disputing economists' claims that mobile use of the digital dividend would boost the EU economy by 350 billion Euros. They have commissioned their own study to demonstrate the economic value of broadcasting.
The consensus amongst US analysts is that this week's US$2.5bn buyout of Aloha Partners' 12MHz block of 700MHz spectrum by AT&T has major ramifications for January’s auction of a much larger chunk of the same band.
The troubled 169 MHz band, once set aside for the failed ERMES pan-European paging system, is unlikely to be used for its new purposes either says UK regulator Ofcom.
The long term financial benefits of allowing the mobile communications industry to use most of the digital dividend far exceed what would be achieved by majority TV usage, according to a new report by a group of economists.