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Our top story this month is the new mood of compromise over allocating the released analogue TV frequencies
With the results of America’s 'hundred-year auction' now known it's good news for the Treasury and the two dominant telcos, but for consumers it's more of the same with no guarantee of increased competition in the broadband market.
Concerns about harmonisation, democratic accountability, a lack of clarity and devolving powers to Brussels are delaying the progress of the telecoms framework review package.
America’s 'hundred-year auction', the 700MHz auction selling off prime spectrum released by switching off the analogue broadcasting signal, has finally closed.
A globally harmonised pilot channel or a database system are among the options, writes our Geneva correspondent Scott Billquist in his second article on the ITU's approach to cognitive radio.
Giving TV viewers a financial incentive to upgrade to more spectrally efficient set top boxes is gaining influential backers and looking increasingly attractive as a way of getting more services into UHF.
ITU invites proposals for '4G' Premium
This month the Radiocommunication Bureau is due to solicit candidate technologies for IMT-Advanced, popularly known as '4G'
The European Commission has retreated from the idea of mandating policy on analogue TV spectrum release and is now advocating broad political buy-in and detailed impact assessments.
Ofcom’s fourth radio spectrum auction went ahead quietly in February with a large amount of spectrum being sold for comparatively little money.
Liberalising broadcasting frequencies would not generate significant economic value nor provide ubiquitous rural broadband say economists commissioned by TV industry. They also warn of damage to the broadcast sector.
Should we re-invent ourselves? Premium
The European Regulators group, CEPT, is asking whether its role needs to be revised in response to Brussels’ proposal for a pan-European regulator and other developments.
Our top story this month is the UK military's imminent announcement of spectrum release plans.
In the first of two articles our Geneva correspondent Scott Billquist explains how the ITU is building on earlier studies of software defined radio to find ways of fitting cognitive services into the Radio Regulations