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France Telecom is challenging the terms of a proposed new 3G license, accusing the French Government of providing “state aid” to whoever wins the tender.
SpecEx, the US website for buying and selling spectrum, has achieved a liberaliser’s dream by negotiating with the FCC to allow unused paging spectrum to be re-farmed for land mobile radio services.
Several key tenets of spectrum policy need to be re-examined to take account of environmental impacts, writes James Page. Network sharing, ending handset subsidies and increasing use of femtocells could all cut down carbon emissions, he argues.
On the agenda are issues relating to WiMAX, white spaces, satellite networks and propagation. It has been confirmed that the next WRC will be held in January 2012 and a candidate has emerged to take over as head of the Radiocommunication Bureau.
The WiMAX community is concerned that the UK’s commitment to releasing spectrum quickly and without preference for technology is under threat. The Spectrum Broker's report is being criticised as too LTE-focussed and there is no fixed date for the 2.6GHz auction, even though WiMAX operators have equipment ready to deploy.
The economic benefits to mobile operators from using refarmed 900Mhz GSM spectrum to roll out 3G services has been quantified by case studies conducted by two operators who were first movers, Finland’s Elisa and Optus in Australia.
The recent flood of reports, consultations, decisions and directives on the future of UK sub-3GHz spectrum appears to have done little to get bands to market in a timely fashion.
Finland and Denmark have opted for a fixed split between paired and unpaired spectrum in their proposals to auction the 2.5GHz band. This approach may deter use by WIMAX according to some experts.
As spectrum management and e-communications market regulation converge, competition problems are likely say the European Regulators Group and Radio Spectrum Policy Group. They believe the greatest danger is in the GSM bands.
US legislation to block mobile calls by prison inmates is sparking criticism from public safety providers and the wireless industry.
Programme making and special events stakeholders are considerably more optimistic about the post-2012 prospects for their fragmented industry following the publication of two weighty documents by Ofcom. But there are concerns that the proposed band manager will not fulfil its potential to stimulate the spectrum rentals market.
The future use of the “digital dividend” is now a top priority for the EU, according to the European Commission, which has launched a public consultation calling on member states co-operate to make the “most efficient use” of these bands.
Ofcom’s plan for innovation licences has strong support from government and commercial organisations, but rollout still depends on calming public sector fears.