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Until returning to the private sector in February this year, William Webb was research director at UK telecoms regulator Ofcom, where he spent seven highly productive and generally happy years. We look back on what he regards as his main achievements.
The new head of the Latvian Public Utilities Commission (PUC), Valdis Lokenbahs, has hinted that the PUC might significantly reduce the starting auction price for frequencies in the 450 MHz band after no one showed up for an auction in February.
A legal battle over spectrum holdings in the Philippines seems inevitable as the second largest operator tries to prevent the incumbent from taking over the third mobile operator unless it is compensated with extra spectrum.
Portuguese regulator Anacom plans to assign spectrum suitable for 4G services in six bands in an auction that it expects will raise at least €450 million. The auction is due to start next month.
In our second article on new technologies being developed to take advantage of the broadcast white space spectrum, we look at US-based cognitive radio pioneer xG Technology, which is aiming to use unlicensed spectrum to compete with mobile operators.
In the first of two articles on new technologies being developed to take advantage of the broadcast white space spectrum, we look at UK start-up Neul, whose high-powered founders are pioneering white space networks for machine to machine (M2M) communications.
The member nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have agreed to identify 790‒862 MHz for mobile broadband following digital switchover.
There should be 1200 MHz of additional spectrum for mobile data services by 2015, a European Parliament committee said following a recent vote on the European Commission’s proposed five-year radio spectrum policy programme (RSPP).
Israel gets two new 3G operators Premium
After winning 3G licences to join the three 3G incumbents, two new players have been promised their auction payments back if they hit subscriber deadlines within five years.
Singapore's third largest mobile operator M1 has secured extra spectrum in the 1800 MHz band for S$21.69 million ($17.38 million) following a week-long auction.
The Obama administration and the mobile industry are fiercely lobbying Congress to authorise spectrum incentive auctions. Broadcasters, meanwhile, have accused the government of buying into overhyped fears of a “spectrum crisis” in rushing to reallocate TV frequencies.
A set of technical rules published by the European Commission (EC) and a set of principles published by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) both aim in different ways to help bring broadband internet to all in the EU.
Mexico’s largest broadcaster, MVS Telecomunicaciones, may buck the worldwide trend of broadcasters losing spectrum to mobile operators by keeping its surplus spectrum to build out a wholesale wireless broadband network.