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Whitespace: Europe's attention turns to the UK Premium

Dec 20, 2008 by Michael Newlands

Whitespace devices may have got the green light in the US but in Europe doubts remain about the amount of vacant spectrum and the impact on wireless microphone users

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WiMAX camp fears another standards battle Premium

Nov 12, 2008 by Martin Sims

The furore over the eventual admittance of mobile WiMAX to the IMT family is set to flare up again with a disagreement on how to proceed with official recognition of the frequency-division duplexing version of WiMAX.

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Countrywide spectrum survey highlights possible unlawful usage Premium

Dec 17, 2008 by Martin Sims

Initial results from the UK’s first comprehensive mobile spectrum monitoring project show several examples of unexpected and possibly unlawful usage.

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Historic decision approves white space use in the US Premium

Nov 05, 2008 by Martin Sims

Despite a protest campaign mounted by America’s broadcasters, regulator the Federal Communications Commission yesterday officially approved the use of white spaces for wireless broadband following four years of debate.

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Framework review agreement greeted with disappointment and hope Premium

Dec 20, 2008 by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels correspondent

The Commission and several member states feel the compromise on the telecoms framework agreed by EU ministers didn’t go far enough but there is optimism about reaching a deal in the lifetime of this Parliament.

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December 2008 printed issue available for download Premium

Dec 20, 2008 by admin

Our theme this month is the framework review package, which European ministers will be discussing in the telecoms council today (27 November 2008).

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EU member states set to water down telecom package Premium

Dec 20, 2008 by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels correspondent

Although the telecoms framework compromise due to be agreed by Ministers on Thursday falls short of the Commission's hopes it contains general support for spectrum liberalisation and a boost for MEPs seeking greater influence in this area.

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New initiative on stalled GSM Directive Premium

Dec 21, 2008 by Martin Sims

Brussels has released a new proposal to resolve the dispute between the Commission and the Parliament which for the past 18 months has prevented the re-farming of the 900Mhz band.

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License trades show modest levels in Australia Premium

Dec 19, 2008 by Scott Billquist

More detailed information from The Australian Communications and Media Authority underline the difficulties of making international comparisons about spectrum trading.

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Long awaited FCC decisions transform U.S. wireless landscape Premium

Long awaited FCC decisions transform U.S. wireless landscape
Dec 20, 2008 by Michael Newlands

America has scored a world first in approving the use of whitespace devices. The same FCC meeting which made the decision also gave the green light to create a national WiMAX network.

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Which country has the most spectrum trades? Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Scott Billquist

With spectrum trading in Europe approaching its fourth anniversary, PolicyTracker asks how many trades have taken place and searches for an international benchmark. Simple questions, but there appear to be no simple answers.

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November 2008 printed issue available for download Premium

Dec 23, 2008 by Martin Sims

Our top story this month is the European Commission’s revised legislative proposals for the telecoms framework review. These cut back the Parliament’s plans to give MEPs more control over spectrum policy.

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US broadcasters rally the stars over whitespace row Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Michael Newlands

It's a first - Dolly Parton and Neil Diamond have intervened in spectrum policy! Meanwhile the FCC is facing criticism for using election day to hold the meeting which will decide on the whitespace issue.

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