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François Rancy: BR should not be seen as a miracle worker Premium

Oct 28, 2010 by Scott Billquist, Geneva correspondent

Countries will elect the ITU’s top five management posts, 12 members of the Radio Regulations Board and members of Council next week during a policy setting conference. Two of the candidates for director of the Radiocommunication Bureau (BR), Fabio Leite and François Rancy, have answered some questions via email for PolicyTracker. In this article, we provide the responses from François Rancy.

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Fabio Leite: time for ITU to give substance to new endeavours Premium

Oct 01, 2010 by Scott Billquist, Geneva correspondent

Countries will elect the ITU’s top five management posts, 12 members of the Radio Regulations Board and members of Council next week during a policy setting conference. Two of the candidates for director of the Radiocommunication Bureau (BR), Fabio Leite and François Rancy, have answered some questions via email for PolicyTracker. In this article, we provide the responses from Fabio Leite.

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Growing support for LTE in the 450 MHz band Premium

Jun 23, 2015 by Michael Newlands

A group of mainly Eastern European mobile operators are lobbying the ITU and their own national regulators to authorise use of the 450 MHz band for LTE.

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Spectrum for LTE: Band shake-up expected Premium

Sep 29, 2010 by Michael Newlands

In the second part of our feature on spectrum for LTE, we focus on mobile operators' strategies in the US, Japan and China. We also assess the challenges they will face as the technology develops.

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Spectrum for LTE: Making it up as we go along? Premium

Jun 23, 2015 by Michael Newlands

In the first of two articles on spectrum for LTE, we ask a panel of experts for their views on the apparently scattergun spectrum strategies operators are adopting for the technology and consider the commercial rollouts that have taken place in Europe so far. The next article will examine strategies and rollouts in other parts of the world.

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FCC removes spectrum sensing requirement for white space devices Premium

Sep 27, 2010 by Dugie Standeford

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has eliminated the requirement that white space devices sense the presence of TV channels but the commercial success of white space applications remains unclear.

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Brazil announces Latin America’s first multiband auction Premium

Sep 24, 2010 by Michael Newlands

Brazil is to hold a “super auction” of spectrum consisting of 165 licences in five different bands, including provision for two new national licences and the possibility of a new market entrant. The auction will start on December 15.

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Supreme Court upholds Thai 3G auction freeze Premium

Sep 23, 2010 by Michael Newlands

Thailand’s 3G auction, which was scheduled to start earlier this week, has been put on hold indefinitely after the Supreme Court today (September 23) upheld the injunction imposed last week by a lower court.

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Ofcom’s PMSE statement gets generally positive reception Premium

Sep 23, 2010 by Michael Newlands

UK regulator Ofcom has published a detailed statement setting out how the programme making and special events (PMSE) industry will access spectrum following digital switchover and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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Mobile operators win 2.6 GHz frequencies for LTE in Austria Premium

Sep 21, 2010 by Jonathan Watson

The Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications (RTR) has completed its auction of frequencies in the 2.6 GHz band. The total proceeds from the auction came to €39.53 million - less than the amount generated in the Danish 2.6 GHz auction, but more than the Dutch auction and far exceeding the overall minimum bid amount of €7.4 million.

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EU regulators propose five-year spectrum policy programme Premium

Sep 27, 2010 by Dugie Standeford

The European Commission’s first multi-year radio spectrum policy programme calls for mandatory refarming of the 900/1800 MHz GSM band by 2012, release of the 800 MHz digital dividend band by 2013, an inventory of existing spectrum uses, and a stronger EU voice in international negotiations.

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Court ruling leaves Thai 3G auction up in the air again Premium

Sep 20, 2010 by Michael Newlands

Thailand’s long-delayed 2.1 GHz auction, which was due to start this morning, has been hit by a last minute legal hitch. The earliest it could now kick off is Saturday 25 September, or it could go on hold indefinitely.

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Danish refarming and auctions help to create level playing field Premium

Sep 20, 2010 by Michael Newlands

As part of its refarming of what was GSM-only spectrum for service and technology neutral licensing, Denmark’s telecoms regulator will auction off reclaimed 900 and 1800 MHz spectrum next month.

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