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Brazilian auction raises close to €100 million Premium

Dec 13, 2011 by Jonathan Watson and Michael Newlands

Brazil’s auction of spectrum left over from previous tenders in the 800 and 1800 MHz bands raised 237.8 million reals (BRL) – €97.8 million.

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China Mobile hopes for TD-LTE launch in 2012 Premium

Dec 12, 2011 by Michael Newlands

Providing the Chinese government can be persuaded to authorise a quick release of the necessary countrywide 2.6 GHz spectrum, China Mobile appears ready to commercially launch TD-LTE in the second half of 2012 - well ahead of previous expectations.

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Portuguese operators win 4G spectrum Premium

Jun 23, 2015 by Jonathan Watson

Portugal’s three main mobile operators have snapped up most of the spectrum made available in the country's multiband auction.

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Verizon to spend $3.6 billion on 122 wireless spectrum licences Premium

Dec 06, 2011 by Dugie Standeford

Verizon Wireless, the largest 3G and 4G LTE network operator in the US, is to spend $3.6 billion on the 122 Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum licences owned by SpectrumCo, a joint venture between Comcast Corporation, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks. The sale, which must be approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), aims to ensure that consumer demand for more mobile services won’t be thwarted by the current spectrum shortage, the company said. The move, which has outraged one major consumer group, may be opposed by some Democratic lawmakers but is nevertheless likely to be approved, one analyst said.

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The LTE story: new launches by spectrum band Premium

Jun 23, 2015 by mikejournalist

For four years we tracked the launch of LTE networks to get a picture of which bands would become the most popular. LTE has unprecedented flexibility in terms of spectrum usage and the launches covered 23 bands or band combinations. It has become evident that these are mainly concentrated in a few bands such as 800 MHz, 1.8 GHz and 2.6 GHz or 700 MHz in the US and so this table is no longer being updated.

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TDD spectrum sells for more than FDD in Belgian 4G auction Premium

Dec 05, 2011 by Michael Newlands and Jonathan Watson

For the first time in a spectrum auction, the TDD centre block of the 2.6 GHz band has sold for more than paired lots. This happened in the Belgian 4G auction, which ended on 28 November.

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Spectrum rapporteur calls for pan-European licences Premium

Spectrum rapporteur calls for pan-European licences
Dec 05, 2011 by Martin Sims

Now the RSPP is agreed, the aim should be Europe-wide regulation and Europe-wide operators, says leading MEP Gunnar Hökmark.

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Sovereign wealth funds “interested in spectrum investments” says KPMG Premium

Sovereign wealth funds “interested in spectrum investments” says KPMG
Dec 02, 2011 by Martin Sims

Interest from these multi-billion pound institutions could be one factor influencing prices at spectrum auctions, according to the accounting and professional services giant.

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Ofcom chief contemplates replanning of DTT Premium

Dec 01, 2011 by Martin Sims

The old certainties about spectrum usage are disappearing fast, the head of the UK regulator said as he contemplated a future that could include the re-planning of the whole digital terrestrial TV (DTT) band. Ed Richards said the public would have to get used to retuning and a shorter product cycle.

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Ofcom boss warns UK mobile operators not to take further legal action over 4G auctions Premium

Nov 30, 2011 by Martin Sims

Ed Richards says he’s “disappointed” by the attitude of UK operators and warns that further legal action could lead to the creation of a regulatory system that they will like even less.

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Regulators hope to do more with spectrum sharing Premium

Nov 29, 2011 by Dugie Standeford

Interest in spectrum sharing is increasing in the US and EU as regulators search for more bandwidth for wireless technologies. But as the European Commission prepares for a 16 December meeting on the subject, documents from a US federal advisory panel and an academic highlight the difficulties of adopting new approaches.

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Kiwi regulator urged to reserve spectrum for new entrants Premium

Nov 25, 2011 by Jonathan Watson

A UK-based telecoms firm hopes to gain a foothold in New Zealand’s mobile market if the country decides to auction spectrum in the 700 MHz digital dividend band.

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Danes come up with some novel twists for 800 MHz auction Premium

Nov 24, 2011 by Michael Newlands

With the refarming/reallocation of the 900 and 1800 MHz GSM bands successfully concluded and the 2.6 GHz band auctioned off, the Danish authorities are turning their attention to bringing the 800 MHz digital dividend band to market with some unique proposals.

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