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April 2008 printed issue available for download Premium

Dec 23, 2008 by Martin Sims

Our top story this month is the new mood of compromise over allocating the released analogue TV frequencies

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700MHz auction fails to produce 'third-pipe' broadband operator Premium

Dec 23, 2008 by Martin Sims

With the results of America’s 'hundred-year auction' now known it's good news for the Treasury and the two dominant telcos, but for consumers it's more of the same with no guarantee of increased competition in the broadband market.

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Commission spectrum proposals get rough ride in Parliament Premium

Mar 19, 2008 by Martin Sims

Concerns about harmonisation, democratic accountability, a lack of clarity and devolving powers to Brussels are delaying the progress of the telecoms framework review package.

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Sale of the century comes to an end Premium

Mar 19, 2008 by Martin Sims

America’s 'hundred-year auction', the 700MHz auction selling off prime spectrum released by switching off the analogue broadcasting signal, has finally closed.

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ITU considers how to stimulate global development of cognitive radio Premium

Mar 18, 2008 by Martin Sims

A globally harmonised pilot channel or a database system are among the options, writes our Geneva correspondent Scott Billquist in his second article on the ITU's approach to cognitive radio.

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Growing support for set top box subsidies Premium

Dec 23, 2008 by Martin Sims

Giving TV viewers a financial incentive to upgrade to more spectrally efficient set top boxes is gaining influential backers and looking increasingly attractive as a way of getting more services into UHF.

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ITU invites proposals for '4G' Premium

Mar 11, 2008 by Martin Sims

This month the Radiocommunication Bureau is due to solicit candidate technologies for IMT-Advanced, popularly known as '4G'

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Brussels softens line on digital dividend Premium

Mar 10, 2008 by Martin Sims

The European Commission has retreated from the idea of mandating policy on analogue TV spectrum release and is now advocating broad political buy-in and detailed impact assessments.

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Band manager buys spectrum in low-key UK auction Premium

Mar 06, 2008 by Martin Sims

Ofcom’s fourth radio spectrum auction went ahead quietly in February with a large amount of spectrum being sold for comparatively little money.

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UHF would be a 'failed market' says broadcasters' study Premium

Mar 03, 2008 by Martin Sims

Liberalising broadcasting frequencies would not generate significant economic value nor provide ubiquitous rural broadband say economists commissioned by TV industry. They also warn of damage to the broadcast sector.

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Should we re-invent ourselves? Premium

Mar 13, 2008 by Martin Sims

The European Regulators group, CEPT, is asking whether its role needs to be revised in response to Brussels’ proposal for a pan-European regulator and other developments.

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March 2008 printed issue available for download Premium

Dec 23, 2008 by Martin Sims

Our top story this month is the UK military's imminent announcement of spectrum release plans.

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ITU considers regulatory implications of cognitive radio Premium

Feb 29, 2008 by Martin Sims

In the first of two articles our Geneva correspondent Scott Billquist explains how the ITU is building on earlier studies of software defined radio to find ways of fitting cognitive services into the Radio Regulations

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