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The EU Telecoms Council has invited Brussels to produce a technical plan for harmonising the use of mobile services in 790-862 MHz but emphasised the right of Member States to use the band as they see fit. And in an unofficial parting message to her successor Commissioner Viviane Reding has said digital dividend spectrum should be auctioned and made “open access.”
UK regulator Ofcom has published a decision to create a large, contiguous block of unlicensed spectrum from 57 to 64 GHz for Fixed Wireless Systems (FWS) despite opposition from some stakeholders.
France awards fourth 3G license Premium
Despite attempts by the incumbent operators to block the award, France’s fourth 3G license has now been awarded to the only participant in the beauty contest.
As US mobile WiMAX operator Clearwire accelerates rollout in its home market and gets another capital injection, it is now planning launches in Spain and Mexico.
Scandinavian operator TeliaSonera has taken the telecoms industry by surprise by launching the first LTE networks, in Stockholm and Oslo, ahead of schedule.
As concerns mount over potential interference with cable and digital receivers by mobile applications in the 800 MHz band, the European Commission announced it will launch its own tests to determine the scope of the problem.
European telecommunications regulatory reform will boost the profile of the Radio Spectrum Policy Group, incoming Chairman Roberto Viola said. Its top job under the new regime will be to help shape an EU spectrum policy designed to last several years.
After years of edging ever closer Thailand finally has a 3G service, albeit one run by MVNOs over a state-owned network and limited to the capital Bangkok. Plans for auctioning commercial 2.1 GHz licenses are still up in the air.
ICASA's plan for assigning 2.6 GHz and 3.5 GHz has been criticized from all sides. Some say a beauty contest would be better while others say the two stage process lacks procedural detail.
Neelie Kroes rather than Viviane Reding is set to get the top job in telecoms. The portfolio which includes spectrum will be called “Digital Agenda” instead of “Information Society”
Regulators and standards bodies are considering how to globally harmonise the expanding European RFID industry while helping the railway GSM network cope with interference. Both technologies want to use spectrum around 920 MHz, but sharing may be a possibility.
The takeover of Palestinian incumbent fixed-line operator Paltel and its mobile subsidiary Jawwal by the rapidly growing Zain Group of Kuwait has suddenly and unexpectedly been abandoned.
France’s main holder of 3.5 GHz spectrum, Bolloré Telecom, will start to build a near-nationwide WiMAX network next year, despite having fallen well behind schedule. The company says the service may then “evolve” to LTE.