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Opinion: Changing the regulatory paradigm Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Christoph Legutko

Spectrum needs to be viewed as just another infrastructure asset in a technology and service neutral environment, argues Christoph Legutko, particularly when dealing with the digital dividend.

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UK military proposes ‘leading edge’ spectrum release plan Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Dugie Standeford

The Ministry of Defence expects to begin freeing up military frequencies for commercial use next spring. First in line will be the 406.1- 430MHz band, but as many as 186 bands could eventually be audited for potential trading.

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June 2008 printed issue available for download Premium

Dec 23, 2008 by Martin Sims

This month we reflect on the significance of Europe's first major spectrum auctions this year: 2.6GHz in Sweden and L-band in the UK.

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Manufacturers enter European spectrum market Premium

May 30, 2008 by Martin Sims

The two major auctions in Sweden and the UK this month have seen Intel and Qualcomm buy spectrum in order to stimulate the development of their products. Is this the start of a new trend?

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Mobile satellite services win backing of European Parliament Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels Correspondent

A compromise designed to guarantee rural access for EU-wide mobile satellite services in 2GHz has won the overwhelming backing of MEPs.

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First SUR auction 'a success’ despite industry fears Premium

Dec 23, 2008 by Martin Sims

Ofcom say they are pleased with the results of the L-Band auction even though major players in the UK market had urged them not to use the new technology-neutral licenses known as SURs.

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95 billion euro boost from reallocating quarter of TV band Premium

May 20, 2008 by Martin Sims

Another consultants report argues that mobile access to the digital dividend would bring significant economic benefits. The latest analysis claims the benefit would come mainly from broadband data access using laptops and high-end handsets.

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Qualcomm buys the whole of L-Band in the UK Premium

May 16, 2008 by Martin Sims

The US-based wireless technology company, Qualcomm, has bought all 17 lots in the UK’s 1452-1492 MHz auction for a total of £8,334,000 (10.7 million euros). The auction took five days and ended after 32 rounds.

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Australian public sector spectrum review recommends more liberalization Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Scott Billquist

Australian government spectrum use could be more transparent and more efficient says an independent review which also recommends increased use of market mechanisms and more sharing.

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Swedish auction is Intel's first European spectrum purchase Premium

Nov 25, 2009 by Martin Sims

The sale of 2.6GHz in Sweden has raised considerably more than a similar auction in Norway. Will we now see more spectrum purchases by manufacturers seeking to boost the sales of their products?

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Consensus emerging on telecoms framework review Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels Correspondent

MEPs and the Council of ministers appear to have rejected the Commission's proposals to set up a pan-European regulator but seem to support a gradual adoption of spectrum flexibility provided broadcasters interests can be protected.

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Swedish 2.6GHz auction raises 226M euros Premium

Nov 27, 2009 by Martin Sims

After 16 days and 112 rounds of bidding Sweden's second internet spectrum auction has closed, with all the licences sold and several big names among the winners.

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WiMAX lobby hails adoption of provisional 2.6GHz standard Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Michael Newlands

WiMAX proponents are claiming a victory following a two and a half year struggle to get a 2.6GHz harmonised standard approved by European standards body ETSI.

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