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Spectrum event to be held at House of Commons Premium

Jan 19, 2011 by Jonathan Watson

The UK's parliament has taken the rare step of organising a public event that focuses on spectrum.

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Spectrum crunch? What spectrum crunch? Premium

Jan 11, 2011 by Jonathan Watson

Even though regulators and mobile operators continue to warn more spectrum is needed to deal with exploding demand for mobile Internet access, research firm Analysys Mason argues that claims of an impending mobile data “tsunami” are overblown.

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UK Parliament backs spectrum reform and legalises refarming Premium

Jan 07, 2011 by Michael Newlands

The British Parliament has finally rubber stamped a special instrument (SI) which directs regulator Ofcom to go ahead with a range of spectrum reforms, some of which will await the outcome of a competition assessment.

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Peru may get new 3G entrant this month Premium

Jan 06, 2011 by Michael Newlands

Peru’s long-delayed award of 25 MHz of spectrum in the 1900 MHz band is due to be held by beauty contest on January 13.

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CDMA operator wins 400 MHz band auctions in Denmark Premium

Jan 04, 2011 by Michael Newlands

Pan-Scandinavian CDMA operator Ice.Net won licences in the 400MHz band at two separate auctions in Denmark late last year.

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Four bidders win Estonia’s 4G auction Premium

Dec 23, 2010 by Dugie Standeford

Estonia's telecoms regulator has revealed the winning bidders in its auction of spectrum in the 2500 - 2690 MHz band. However, it says the final frequency assignments will not be confirmed for a few weeks.

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Qualcomm makes impressive profit from spectrum sale Premium

Dec 21, 2010 by Michael Newlands

Having earlier announced it is abandoning its stalled mobile TV business MediaFlo, US chipmaker Qualcomm has recouped a hefty chunk of its investment by selling the MediaFlo spectrum to AT&T. The mobile giant will use it for LTE.

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UK defence ministry revives spectrum plans Premium

Jan 05, 2011 by Dugie Standeford

After a two-year delay, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is restarting its spectrum liberalisation programme. Companies looking to use the surplus spectrum welcomed the move but said the release should now take place as quickly as possible.

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Sweden to use 800 MHz auction to achieve universal broadband coverage Premium

Dec 17, 2010 by Jonathan Watson

Licences to use frequencies in the 800 MHz band in Sweden will be assigned in an auction starting at the end of February 2011, according to the regulator PTS. Those interested must apply no later than 31 January.

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Report recommends harmonised Euro spectrum for PPDR Premium

Dec 16, 2010 by Dugie Standeford

Germany should advocate pan-European harmonised spectrum above and below 1 GHz for public protection and disaster relief, WiK Consult and Aegis Systems have said in a study carried out for the country’s regulator and government. Scott Marcus, one of the authors of the study, believes it should spur a more intense discussion of the issues.

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Hong Kong to auction four new mobile licences in February Premium

Dec 15, 2010 by Michael Newlands

The Hong Kong telecoms regulator has announced plans to auction the territory’s remaining unused spectrum in the 850 and 900 MHz bands and the 2 GHz band in February 2011.

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European pressure grows for 2016 global IMT spectrum action Premium

Dec 14, 2010 by Scott Billquist, Geneva correspondent

Mobile interests are lobbying regional groups to develop WRC-16 proposals to rationalise, consolidate and expand on frequency bands identified for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) for further harmonisation on a global basis.

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Mobile interests hail 3.4—3.8 GHz as key band for 4G services Premium

Jul 02, 2015 by Scott Billquist, Geneva correspondent

IMT-Advanced co-existence with very small aperture terminals, TV receive-only and satellite news gathering devices could “seriously hamper” the chances of the technology fulfilling its promise, according to a study published by the UMTS Forum.

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