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FCC seeks to improve access to spectrum Premium

Dec 07, 2010 by Dugie Standeford

In its “first formal step” towards spectrum incentive auctions, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed giving wireless broadband providers equal access to TV broadcast frequencies that may open up in auctions and allowing broadcasters to voluntarily share channels.

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UK to find 500 MHz of spectrum for “superfast” broadband Premium

Dec 07, 2010 by Michael Newlands

The UK is to follow the lead taken by the US (and more recently Sweden) in releasing 500 MHz of new spectrum suitable for wireless broadband to the market over the next 10 years, according to a government document released this week.

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Germany to make spectrum use more flexible Premium

Dec 06, 2010 by Dugie Standeford

German regulator BNetzA has revealed it is updating the country’s frequency usage plan to meet the needs of the government’s broadband strategy.

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EU telecoms ministers to address radio frequency allocation Premium

Dec 03, 2010 by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels correspondent

EU telecoms ministers will debate the European Commission's radio spectrum policy programme at their Council meeting today in Brussels.

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UK unexpectedly set to be one of the first movers on IMT Advanced Premium

Nov 29, 2010 by Michael Newlands

The first “true 4G” standard has been set by the ITU and the first equipment ships this week. While the mobile operators are not in a position to take advantage of this, WiMAX operator UK Broadband plans to use its significant spectrum holdings to provide true 4G data capacity in the UK next year.

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Mobile WiMAX could fade away but fixed version forges ahead Premium

Nov 26, 2010 by Michael Newlands

Despite a number of high profile setbacks, the WiMAX standard is far from dead. However, it seems increasingly likely that the handful of large-scale mobile WiMAX operations will be a stepping stone for the rapidly developing TD-LTE, which uses the same unpaired spectrum.

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Broadband/broadcast fight over digital dividend spreads to Asia Pacific Premium

Nov 24, 2010 by Michael Newlands

Asian broadcasters disagree with the conclusions of a report commissioned by mobile operators' association the GSMA which advocates harmonisation of the 700 MHz digital dividend band across the Asia Pacific region.

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Operators sanguine about 2014 launch for LTE in the UK Premium

Jun 23, 2015 by Michael Newlands

Britain’s mobile operators seem generally comfortable with the delayed release date of 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz spectrum announced by regulator Ofcom last week, even though it will probably delay the launch of 4G services until 2014.

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NTIA unveils plans for releasing 500 MHz Premium

Nov 22, 2010 by Dugie Standeford

Eagerly awaited reports by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) detail how the US will make available 500 MHz of spectrum in the next 10 years, with 115 MHz fast-tracked for use by 2015. But the plan faces many hurdles, not least of which is whether the spectrum to be freed up is commercially useful.

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New Brazilian operators’ association takes legal action over auction Premium

Nov 19, 2010 by Michael Newlands

Sinditelebrasil, a trade body set up recently by Brazil’s private telecoms operators, is taking regulator Agência Nacional de Telecomunicações (Anatel) to court in a bid to change the rules of next month’s auction of the one remaining national 3G licence.

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Cognitive techniques for PMSE offer spectrum solutions Premium

Nov 19, 2010 by Dugie Standeford

As programme-making and special events (PMSE) equipment is increasingly squeezed out of the 800 MHz band to make way for wireless uses, some believe cognitive technologies can soften the blow. One potential solution may be “continuous phase modulation”, which is said to offer digital sound transmission as implementation-friendly as analogue FM.

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Armenia to pioneer LTE in the Caucasus Premium

Nov 16, 2010 by Michael Newlands

The independent former Soviet Republic of Armenia is to become one of the first countries in Europe to launch a commercial LTE service following the recent award of 2.6 GHz spectrum to its leading mobile network operator.

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Ofcom consults on geolocation issues Premium

Nov 16, 2010 by Dugie Standeford

The UK regulator plans to enable use of “white spaces” in the 800 MHz digital TV band through the use of geolocation databases. But many questions remain unanswered, not least of which is how much it might cost Ofcom to create and run the databases.

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