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While a decision by Ofcom to allow the programme making and special events (PMSE) sector to use the 2010 to 2025 MHz band up to and during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games has been welcomed, the regulator’s proposal that the band then be auctioned off has been met with dismay.
Europe must set common spectrum policy goals and priorities as early as possible in order to have a stronger voice at the 2012 World Radiocommunications Conference (WRC-12), the Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) said this month. Among its top recommendations is keeping the digital dividend 800 MHz band clear for rollout of non-broadcasting services.
Syria has set a reserve price of €90 million for the mobile licence it expects to auction later this year.
Ministers and the relevant departments will decide what public sector spectrum to release, says UK communications minister Premium
When the Coalition government took office in the UK last May and Ed Vaizey was appointed communications minister, PolicyTracker was quickly on the phone to his office requesting an interview on the government’s spectrum policies – assuming it had any. He is still too busy to talk to us in person, but did agree to respond in writing to some of our questions.
This year Costa Rica will become one of the last countries in Latin America to open its telecoms market to foreign competition. Two of the region’s largest mobile operators have been awarded licences.
US president Barack Obama hopes to raise nearly $28 billion through spectrum incentive auctions and to spend $3 billion of it on research and development of emerging wireless technologies and applications. But will his plan to give 98 per cent of Americans 4G high-speed wireless access within five years succeed?
The European Commission continues to search for a solution to the soaring voice and data roaming fees that continue to plague mobile phone users. One idea is for a pan-European wireless broadband area that relies on spectrum white spaces and sharing.
In a move that suggests Turkmenistan could get up to three new mobile operators, the country's president Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow has said local firms and state-owned operator Altyn Asyr should form joint ventures with “leading communications companies worldwide”.
Europe’s telecoms market has reached a “make or break” point and will lag behind if policymakers do not liberalise as much spectrum as is needed, MEP Gunnar Hökmark said at a 1 February public hearing hosted by the European Parliament's Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee.
Following the UK government’s recent Direction on spectrum policy, Ofcom is consulting stakeholders in what appears to be a formality before introducing new rules to allow trading of the three currently-licensed mobile bands and changes to be made to existing 3G licences.
A waiver from US regulator the FCC makes LightSquared’s planned national LTE network more financially feasible as consumers will no longer need to connect via dual satellite/terrestrial devices.
Commercial use of the broadcasting white spaces has come a step closer in the US with the telecoms regulator provisionally appointing nine companies as device database administrators.
MEPs want to get input from those affected by proposed new EU spectrum policies.