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AT&T takeover of T-Mobile driven by need for spectrum Premium

Mar 29, 2011 by Michael Newlands

If, and it’s a big if, AT&T’s proposed $39 billion takeover of T-Mobile USA goes ahead, it will not only leapfrog Verizon to become the country’s leading mobile network operator but also hold by far the largest balanced portfolio of spectrum of any operator.

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Spectrum managers are unsung heroes says ITU boss Premium

Mar 29, 2011 by Martin Sims

Opening PolicyTracker’s Middle East Spectrum Conference the ITU Secretary General, Dr Hamadoun Toure, said spectrum managers aren’t getting the recognition they deserve.

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Third mobile operator "not immediately required in Qatar" Premium

Mar 24, 2011 by Jonathan Watson

Qatar does not need to grant a third mobile licence just yet, according to a consultation paper published by the regulator ictQatar.

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Spectrum caps may seal UK 4G auction deal with mobile operators Premium

Mar 23, 2011 by Michael Newlands and Jonathan Watson

While the proposals in Ofcom’s consultation on the combined auction of 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz spectrum may yet be subject to some changes, the initial reaction from mobile operators is generally positive, thanks to the proposed introduction of spectrum floors for the auction and overall spectrum caps.

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Colombia to auction 300 MHz of new spectrum Premium

Jun 23, 2015 by Michael Newlands

Following its recent successful auction of part of the 2.6 GHz band, the Colombian government is planning three more auctions over the coming 12 months at 1900 MHz, 1.7/2.1 GHz (the AWS band) and the remaining part of the 2.6 GHz band.

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Bangladeshi licence renewal plan under fire Premium

Mar 21, 2011 by Dugie Standeford

Draft Bangladeshi guidelines for renewing 2G mobile licences fail to look beyond revenue generation to economic efficiency, mobile operators say. A similar point was made in recent research carried out for Australia's regulator, which argues that governments should resist the temptation to set mobile spectrum licence fee renewals too high.

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Three UK's CEO condemns Ofcom refarming decision Premium

Mar 21, 2011 by Jonathan Watson

Kevin Russell, chief executive of Three UK, says the regulator “fundamentally ducked” the tough issues facing the UK's mobile market when it recommended that Three UK's rivals be allowed to refarm all their 2G spectrum for 3G services.

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Shake-up planned for Iraq’s mobile industry Premium

Mar 17, 2011 by Michael Newlands

Iraq’s mobile sector is about to go through a new phase of development this year with a fourth national licence being auctioned, and foreign loans and investments being allocated to existing operators to increase network quality and subscriber penetration rates to levels seen in neighbouring countries.

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Hungary and Spain ordered to implement amended GSM Directive Premium

Mar 16, 2011 by Jonathan Watson

The European Commission has told Hungary and Spain to accelerate their implementation of the amended GSM Directive, which enables the 900 MHz band to be used for services other than 2G.

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Australia's emergency services stake claim to digital dividend Premium

Mar 16, 2011 by Jonathan Watson

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.

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Spanish government outlines spectrum release plans Premium

Mar 14, 2011 by Jonathan Watson

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.

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Sweden's established operators win 800 MHz spectrum Premium

Jun 23, 2015 by Jonathan Watson

Sweden's 800 MHz auction ended on 4 March when six licences were awarded to the country's four main mobile operators.

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Ofcom publishes Recognised Spectrum Access regulation Premium

Mar 09, 2011 by Dugie Standeford

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.

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