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Brussels consults on TD-LTE in unused 2 GHz UMTS TDD bands Premium

Nov 21, 2011 by Michael Newlands

A new European Commission consultation recommends the liberalisation of the underutilised TDD blocks of the 2 GHz band, which is now the harmonised band for 3G UMTS services, and presents different scenarios for optimum utilisation of the spectrum.

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Much of the Middle East may not see a digital dividend Premium

Nov 18, 2011 by Dugie Standeford

Latin America and the Middle East are in very different positions when it comes to reallocating the TV digital dividend to mobile broadband uses, according to speakers at the IIR spectrum management conference held in Paris this week. The TV bands, increasingly viewed as an economic driver in the former, are barely on the radar in the latter, they said.

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RSPG wraps up 2011 work with new reports and consultations Premium

Nov 17, 2011 by Michael Newlands

At its final plenary session of the year, held yesterday, the EU’s Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) announced the upcoming publication of two draft opinions and adopted two reports as key policy items.

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A second digital dividend or overlays: the future of UHF? Premium

Nov 16, 2011 by Dugie Standeford

Broadcasters’ use of UHF is either stifling spectrum efficiency or the key to solving the capacity crunch, according to the various advocates for the future use of the band.

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Spain sells off more 900 MHz and 2.6 GHz spectrum Premium

Nov 15, 2011 by Jonathan Watson

Spain’s ministry of industry, tourism and communications (MITYC) has completed its latest spectrum auction, allocating frequencies in the 900 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands that were left unsold at the end of its previous auction held in July.

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HK regulator puts 2.3 GHz spectrum back on the market Premium

Nov 14, 2011 by Michael Newlands

Hong Kong's telecoms regulator has reacted to demand for more spectrum from operators by announcing a new auction of 90 MHz in the 2.3 GHz band that failed to find a buyer in a January 2009 auction.

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India seeks early 4G auction as operators wait for 2G spectrum Premium

Jun 23, 2015 by Michael Newlands

As the Indian government tries to fast-track a “4G” auction of 700 MHz spectrum, following last year’s successful 3G and BWA auctions, controversy rages over plans to ban holders of 800/900 MHz spectrum from bidding – even though they are still waiting for the release of extra 2G spectrum they are entitled to.

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Finland prepares for 800 MHz auction Premium

Nov 09, 2011 by Jonathan Watson

The Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications (MINTC) has launched a consultation on a draft government spectrum policy resolution proposing an auction of frequencies in the 800 MHz band.

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Danes launch new spectrum strategy despite demise of NITA Premium

Jul 02, 2015 by Michael Newlands

Despite a major reorganisation of the Danish bureaucracy by the new coalition government, the body now responsible for spectrum management has picked up where defunct regulator NITA left off by identifying possible new bands for wireless broadband.

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UK committee of MPs backs Ofcom’s auction plan Premium

Nov 03, 2011 by Dugie Standeford

Plans by the UK spectrum regulator to auction 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz spectrum next year won strong support in a report published today by the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee. But lawmakers said that while Ofcom was generally “doing a good job” in balancing the needs of consumers, spectrum users and service providers, its remit should be widened to cover the interests of British business.

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Polish regulator reissues licences in 1800 MHz band Premium

Nov 03, 2011 by Jaroslaw Adamowski

Following the rerun of a tender from May 2007, Poland’s Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) has again awarded two licences in the 1710–1730 MHz and 1805–1825 MHz bands to local operators CenterNet and Mobyland. The licences are due to last until the end of 2022.

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EU spectrum policy roadmap edges towards final approval Premium

Nov 02, 2011 by Dugie Standeford

A five-year spectrum plan to spur European mobile broadband growth appears headed for completion early next year.

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Canadian stakeholders want light licensing in 70, 80, 90 GHz bands Premium

Jul 06, 2015 by Dugie Standeford

A proposal by Canadian regulator Industry Canada to let the wireless broadband industry use the 71–76 GHz, 81–86 GHz and 92–95 GHz bands for high-capacity fixed links won general approval from stakeholders. Most backed “light” licensing but panned the idea of third-party band managers.

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