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Digital dividend taking shape Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Mike Newlands

In the course of 2009 a clearer picture is likely to emerge of how Europe will use the digital dividend spectrum freed up by the switch from analogue to digital broadcasting.

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Use of whitespace closer to becoming reality Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Michael Newlands

Considerable progress was made in 2008 towards the use of interleaved or white space spectrum between digital broadcasts in the UHF bands, although broadcasters on both sides of the Atlantic continued to try and block its use.

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January 2009 printed issue available for download Premium

Jan 06, 2009 by Martin Sims

In this month's issue we analyse the agreement reached over the EU framework review package and assess its significance for spectrum policy. We consider the next steps in getting the measure passed and ask whether it is likely to be agreed within the lifetime of this European Parliament.

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UK may revise digital dividend plan to match European harmonisation Premium

Dec 23, 2008 by Michael Newlands

The British government is to take a new look at how to utilise the so-called Digital Dividend, spectrum freed up by the switch from analogue to digital broadcasting, according to Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling.

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New broadcasting technology on ITU agenda for New Year Premium

Dec 23, 2008 by Scott Billquist, Geneva Correspondent

ITU member countries are considering a request to start work on two matters in the broadcasting service and to revise five others, according to a letter circulated by the Radiocommunication Bureau.

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It’s the Czechs' turn to broker a telecoms framework deal Premium

Dec 22, 2008 by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels correspondent

Ministers and the European Parliament will spend the next few months intensively negotiating a compromise on the future EU telecommunications rules, the so-called "telecoms package", expected to be applied from 2010.

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FCC delays AWS-3 decision after political pressure Premium

Dec 21, 2008 by Mike Newlands

The US Federal Communications Commission is being accused of unlawful behaviour after cancelling a meeting scheduled for December 18. The regulator acted after receiving a letter from the incoming administration.

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Radio amateurs say powerline interference has already arrived Premium

Dec 21, 2008 by Michael Newlands

Radio amateurs claim the powerline technology used by the UK’s biggest IPTV service is causing widespread interference. But Ofcom and the operator, BT, say there have been a small number of isolated incidents.

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German government moves to open up UHF to new services Premium

Dec 20, 2008 by Jonathan Watson

The German parliament has unveiled proposals to remove the power of federal states to restrict the use of UHF to broadcasting services only. It’s a huge boost for those seeking the European harmonisation of mobile in UHF.

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ITU examines delivering 3DTV via terrestrial and satellite Premium

ITU examines delivering 3DTV via terrestrial and satellite
Dec 20, 2008 by Scott Billquist, Geneva Correspondent

As policy-makers come to terms with the HDTV revolution the next wave of TV technology - 3DTV and Ultra High Definition - is beginning its progress through the regulatory working groups.

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Member states reject mandatory liberalisation and further EU harmonisation Premium

Dec 21, 2008 by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels correspondent

The Framework Review compromise brokered by the French EU presidency supports spectrum liberalisation in principle but rejects the Commission’s calls to introduce compulsory measures.

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Architect of UK spectrum liberalisation 'disappointed' by number of trades Premium

Mar 16, 2010 by Martin Sims

Ofcom doesn't agree with Professor Martin Cave's assessment but is considering measures to give potential traders more information about the spectrum available.

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Whitespace: Europe's attention turns to the UK Premium

Dec 20, 2008 by Michael Newlands

Whitespace devices may have got the green light in the US but in Europe doubts remain about the amount of vacant spectrum and the impact on wireless microphone users

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