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IMT-Advanced 4G specs on track for approval Premium

Oct 25, 2010 by Scott Billquist, Geneva correspondent

Participants in the ITU Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) have cleared the way for a final push to complete 3GPP’s LTE-Advanced and an IEEE 802.16m WiMAX variant technology called “WirelessMAN-Advanced” as international 4G technologies.

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US spectrum experts favour incentive auctions Premium

Oct 24, 2010 by Dugie Standeford

The US is facing a spectrum crunch and incentive auctions can help close the gap between spectrum availability and the booming demand for new mobile services, speakers said at an October 21 workshop organised by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The devil, as always, is in the detail.

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Ofcom to cut budget by 28 per cent Premium

Oct 23, 2010 by Jonathan Watson

UK regulator Ofcom has revealed that it will reduce its budget by £30 million over the next five years, losing almost one fifth of its employees in the process.

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Irish regulator wants joint 800/900 MHz auction in early 2011 Premium

Oct 21, 2010 by Michael Newlands

Irish regulator ComReg has rethought its position on how best to handle redistribution of the 800 and 900 MHz bands and is now proposing a single award process in the form of a joint auction, to be held in 2011, rather than awarding the bands in isolation.

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Australia consults on digital dividend Premium

Oct 20, 2010 by Michael Newlands

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has published a 60-page discussion paper on its initial plans for allocating the digital dividend following the switch from analogue to digital broadcasting.

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Ofcom leans towards 2.6 GHz band for Games use before commercial release Premium

Oct 19, 2010 by Michael Newlands

UK regulator Ofcom has published an update to its “evolving” spectrum plan for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, including responses to its consultation on reserving use of the 2.6 GHz band for the event.

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New research confirms cable industry's LTE interference fears Premium

Oct 15, 2010 by Dugie Standeford

Not only is the issue of potential interference by new mobile services with cable and programme-making and special events (PMSE) equipment in the digital dividend band unresolved, a new study has found additional cause for concern from LTE base stations.

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Clearwire said to be selling chunk of 4G spectrum for $5 billion Premium

Oct 14, 2010 by Michael Newlands

The US telecoms industry is awash with rumours suggesting that national WiMAX operator Clearwire has launched a private auction of its excess 2.6 GHz spectrum.

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Latin America gears up to address the digital dividend Premium

May 04, 2011 by Michael Newlands

An announcement by Mexican President Felipe Calderón that the 700 MHz band could be licensed in 2012, bringing the switchover from analogue to digital broadcasting forward six years from 2021 to 2015, is set to stimulate new debate on the digital dividend in Latin America.

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Danes cancel auction and award licences to Hi3G Premium

Oct 12, 2010 by Michael Newlands

Having only received one application for a new national 900 MHz licence and one for a new 1800 MHz licence, the Danish regulator has cancelled a proposed auction of the refarmed spectrum and awarded the licences to the sole applicant.

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ITU elects leaders for next four years Premium

Oct 12, 2010 by Scott Billquist, Geneva correspondent

ITU member countries elected two new top officials and re-elected several incumbents during an October quadrennial policy setting conference. They also elected members of the Radio Regulations Board and the 48 countries for the ITU Council.

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IMT in extended C-band still a question mark following WRC-07 decision Premium

Jul 02, 2015 by Scott Billquist, Geneva correspondent

More momentum and work will be needed before International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) in the extended C-band becomes a widespread technology, executives told PolicyTracker.

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High Tech Spectrum Coalition pushes for incentive auctions Premium

Oct 08, 2010 by Dugie Standeford

Four US technology trade groups have joined forces to lobby Congress for voluntary spectrum incentive auctions.

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