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Legal wrangling delays Swedish refarming Premium

Jun 08, 2010 by Dugie Standeford

Swedish mobile operators anxious to roll out 4G services in the 900 MHz band are being stalled by a lawsuit and an antitrust investigation.

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O2’s spectrum refarming appeal could set legal precedent Premium

Jun 04, 2010 by Michael Newlands

The decision by O2, acting independently of the UK’s other mobile operators, to appeal to the Competition Appeals Tribunal (CAT) in an attempt to get immediate permission to refarm its 900 MHz spectrum appears to have put both regulator Ofcom and the new coalition government on the back foot.

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Asia Pac countries working on 700 Mhz band harmonisation Premium

Jun 03, 2010 by Michael Newlands

A number of countries in the Asia Pacific region are working to harmonise key parameters for a different, and larger, digital dividend band to the 790-862 MHz earmarked for non-broadcast uses after analogue switch off in most of Europe.

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South Africa launches process for 2.6 GHz and 3.5 GHz spectrum assignments Premium

Jun 03, 2010 by Dugie Standeford

South African regulator ICASA sticks to its hybrid auction plan, with several key changes.

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Enhancing the radio regulatory framework proves challenging over long term Premium

Jun 01, 2010 by Scott Billquist, Geneva correspondent

Crunch time may be approaching for administrations following more than a decade of preparations and decisions on enhancing the radio regulatory framework, says ITU Radiocommunication Bureau (BR) Director Valery Timofeev in an interview with Policy Tracker. He adds that continuing to use the enhanced monitoring efforts in a recent BR initiative could help to align ITU procedures and databases with the real world.

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E-Bay-type website used for successful spectrum auction Premium

May 31, 2010 by Michael Newlands

What is believed to be the world’s first spectrum auction conducted through an online auction house has been proclaimed a success by regulator Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority (NPT).

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Wi-Fi celebrates silver jubilee Premium

May 28, 2010 by Jonathan Watson

It's twenty five years since the FCC approved the regulation which kickstarted the mass market use of unlicensed spectrum.

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Lack of competition stifles European auctions Premium

May 27, 2010 by Michael Newlands

The consensus amongst spectrum consultants is that the recent spate of auctions in Europe have mainly resulted in good results for operators, disappointing revenues for governments and, possibly, few benefits for consumers.

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Much-delayed study finds no link between mobiles and cancer Premium

May 26, 2010 by Jonathan Watson

After a ten year investigation the Interphone study has found no conclusive evidence that mobile phone use causes brain cancer. New research will continue this work but will take another ten years to reach a conclusion.

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Unmanned aerial systems focus on bands and preparatory studies for world conference Premium

May 25, 2010 by Scott Billquist, Geneva correspondent

At least four frequency bands have been suggested for detailed study in preparation for a 2012 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-12) agenda item that will consider spectrum requirements and possible regulatory action, including allocations, to support the safe operation of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS).

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Cave urges greater spectrum liberalisation in Canada Premium

May 25, 2010 by Dugie Standeford

Canada’s reluctance to embrace spectrum reform is restricting supply and pushing up prices, Martin Cave and Adrian Foster argue. The Canadian government says it is moving toward a more market-oriented approach.

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Big three operators happy with low-cost German auction Premium

May 26, 2010 by Michael Newlands

Germany’s super auction featuring four different spectrum bands has fizzled out after more than a month of incremental bidding. The final takings of €4.4 bn were half of the predicted value.

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Proposals for UK aero spectrum pricing provoke storm of protest Premium

May 21, 2010 by Scott Billquist, Geneva Correspondent

This Ofcom consultation has provoked an usually high number of responses and most are scathing in their condemnation of the plan.

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