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Webb leaves Ofcom with modern spectrum management framework Premium

May 11, 2011 by Michael Newlands

Until returning to the private sector in February this year, William Webb was research director at UK telecoms regulator Ofcom, where he spent seven highly productive and generally happy years. We look back on what he regards as his main achievements.

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Latvian regulator hints at lower price for 450 MHz spectrum Premium

May 09, 2011 by Juris Kaza

The new head of the Latvian Public Utilities Commission (PUC), Valdis Lokenbahs, has hinted that the PUC might significantly reduce the starting auction price for frequencies in the 450 MHz band after no one showed up for an auction in February.

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Filipino spectrum row seems set to end in court Premium

May 06, 2011 by Michael Newlands

A legal battle over spectrum holdings in the Philippines seems inevitable as the second largest operator tries to prevent the incumbent from taking over the third mobile operator unless it is compensated with extra spectrum.

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Portuguese 4G auction to start in June Premium

Jun 23, 2015 by Jonathan Watson

Portuguese regulator Anacom plans to assign spectrum suitable for 4G services in six bands in an auction that it expects will raise at least €450 million. The auction is due to start next month.

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Cognitive radios may be the best way to leverage white spaces Premium

May 03, 2011 by Michael Newlands

In our second article on new technologies being developed to take advantage of the broadcast white space spectrum, we look at US-based cognitive radio pioneer xG Technology, which is aiming to use unlicensed spectrum to compete with mobile operators.

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Network for machines planned in white spaces Premium

May 03, 2011 by Michael Newlands

In the first of two articles on new technologies being developed to take advantage of the broadcast white space spectrum, we look at UK start-up Neul, whose high-powered founders are pioneering white space networks for machine to machine (M2M) communications.

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Gulf countries adopt European mobile sub-band Premium

Apr 28, 2011 by Martin Sims

The member nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have agreed to identify 790‒862 MHz for mobile broadband following digital switchover.

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ITRE Committee proposes RSPP amendments Premium

Apr 26, 2011 by Dugie Standeford

There should be 1200 MHz of additional spectrum for mobile data services by 2015, a European Parliament committee said following a recent vote on the European Commission’s proposed five-year radio spectrum policy programme (RSPP).

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Israel gets two new 3G operators Premium

Apr 21, 2011 by Michael Newlands

After winning 3G licences to join the three 3G incumbents, two new players have been promised their auction payments back if they hit subscriber deadlines within five years.

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Singaporean operator secures extra 1800 MHz spectrum Premium

Jul 06, 2015 by Jonathan Watson

Singapore's third largest mobile operator M1 has secured extra spectrum in the 1800 MHz band for S$21.69 million ($17.38 million) following a week-long auction.

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US government and mobile industry press for spectrum incentive auctions Premium

Apr 19, 2011 by Dugie Standeford

The Obama administration and the mobile industry are fiercely lobbying Congress to authorise spectrum incentive auctions. Broadcasters, meanwhile, have accused the government of buying into overhyped fears of a “spectrum crisis” in rushing to reallocate TV frequencies.

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Rules and principles to bring broadband to all Premium

Apr 18, 2011 by Michael Newlands

A set of technical rules published by the European Commission (EC) and a set of principles published by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) both aim in different ways to help bring broadband internet to all in the EU.

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Mexican broadcaster wants to use 2.6 GHz band for LTE Premium

Apr 15, 2011 by Michael Newlands

Mexico’s largest broadcaster, MVS Telecomunicaciones, may buck the worldwide trend of broadcasters losing spectrum to mobile operators by keeping its surplus spectrum to build out a wholesale wireless broadband network.

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