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EU has last chance to agree on telecoms package Premium

Sep 28, 2009 by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels correspondent

The EU hopes to finalize - at last - the review of its telecommunications rules (‘telecom package’) by the end of the year. The negotiations between member states and Parliament on a copyright dispute are stalled but are expected to restart in October.

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Finland to hold its first spectrum auction Premium

Sep 25, 2009 by Dugie Standeford

The sale of 2.6GHz spectrum in November will be the first time Finland has sold a band to the highest bidder. It has previously preferred less market-based forms of assignment.

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Iran: A license too far? Premium

Sep 23, 2009 by Michael Newlands

Having failed to find a foreign company to be its third mobile operator, with three license awards having gone sour this year already, Iran will try again says its new Communications and Information Technology Minister.

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Orange/T-Mobile merger further confuses UK refarming plans Premium

Sep 22, 2009 by Michael Newlands

If the proposed merger between the UK operations of France Telecom’s Orange and Deutsche Telkom’s T-Mobile gets the green light, it adds another complication to the protracted negotiations over the reassignment of UK mobile spectrum.

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Jordanian regulator meets Orange halfway on 3G licensing terms Premium

Sep 21, 2009 by Michael Newlands

Jordan has awarded its first 3G license following a protracted period of negotiations between the eventual licensee, Orange Jordan, and the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission.

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Israel prevents launch of Palestine’s second mobile operator Premium

Sep 24, 2009 by Michael Newlands

An investment of hundreds of millions of dollars in setting up Palestine’s second mobile network could come to nothing due to Israel’s refusal to release 1 MHz of GSM spectrum.

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New operators share 90MHz of prime Chilean spectrum Premium

Sep 17, 2009 by Michael Newlands

At a time when consolidation is the name of the game in much of the world, Chile has just awarded two new 3G licenses to give the country of 16 million people a total of five mobile operators.

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Public policy issues for femtocells start to become clear Premium

Sep 16, 2009 by Scott Billquist

Potential problems for femtocells like interference, providing emergency service location information and common definitions for the technology are being raised in international forums but a consensus has yet to emerge on how to deal with them

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Indian “super auction” planned before year end Premium

Sep 14, 2009 by Michael Newlands

India now seems on track to proceed with an auction of seven national licenses, covering both 3G and WiMAX frequencies. The opportunity to address a market of over a billion people means the outcome is being eagerly anticipated.

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Digital dividend harmonisation would boost EU economy by “up to €95 billion” Premium

Digital dividend harmonisation would boost EU economy by “up to €95 billion”
Sep 17, 2009 by Martin Sims

The eagerly-awaited consultants report commissioned by Brussels has concluded that a harmonised mobile sub-band will bring enormous economic benefits and should be mandated in all member states.

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UK mobile merger boosts French opposition to fourth license Premium

Sep 09, 2009 by Michael Newlands

The announcement of a proposed merger of the UK mobile operations of France Telecom’s Orange and Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile strengthens the arguments of the incumbent French operators who are appealing to the EU over the imminent issue of a further 3G license.

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Portugal under pressure to harmonise digital dividend spectrum Premium

Sep 08, 2009 by Jonathan Watson

Portugal’s consultation on the reuse of the analogue TV frequencies has demonstrated considerable support for following Spain and adopting the mobile-friendly approach proposed by the European Commission.

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EC digital dividend plans: not everyone is convinced Premium

Sep 04, 2009 by Michael Newlands

Although Europe’s big economies are supporting the harmonisation of the 800 MHz band due to be proposed in a Commission Communication this autumn there is still significant opposition from broadcasters and some national administrations.

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