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The European regulators organisation, CEPT, is celebrating its fiftieth birthday by streamlining its organisation but does this need to extend to multi-agency regulatory structures? What would a little green man from mars make of the proliferation of bodies dealing with spectrum?
It’s finally official and legal: 900 MHz spectrum in Europe can now be used for services other than 2G GSM following publication in the EU’s official journal of measures to modernise 1987’s GSM Directive.
Trading for the mobile bands, with spectrum caps to ensure competition and nationwide roll-out requirements for mobile broadband look set to be the key features of the UK’s approach to GSM refarming, which is the subject of a new consultation.
The British government today launched a consultation on how to make the best use of what it calls “digital spectrum” following the publication of a final set of proposals drawn up by the so-called Independent Spectrum Broker, Kip Meek.
The meteorological community is warning that plans to identify bands for in-car radar, mobile satellite service, unmanned aircraft and electronic newsgathering could cause interference to scientific services
The German regulator is being accused of favouring incumbents after the announcement of its plans to sell off former analogue TV frequencies.
The US regulator has given itself four months to come up with new proposals for D-block, the spectrum which failed to sell at last year's 700MHz auction. The FCC still favours a public/private partnership but the policy-making process is being hampered by a lack of consensus among the public safety community, commercial interests and politicians.
The current head of the French frequency agency is to be a candidate for ITU's top job in spectrum management.
Opinion: Avoid the “L-word”? Premium
Should we welcome European regulators’ historic shift to talk about authorisations rather than licences? It may have benefits in Europe, argues Robert Horvitz, but the advantages elsewhere are questionable.
New Zealand has finally got a third mobile operator but the company has launched a scathing attack on national spectrum policy.
A lack of spectrum, legal recognition and safe coordination with existing aircraft traffic are all issues to be resolved before commercial unmanned aircraft services can get off the ground.
Coase’s 1959 article was certainly influential, but how applicable is it today? Has it set the framework for modern spectrum management? We asked the man himself – now 98 years old – as well as some of the leading thinkers in the field.
Fifty years ago this month, spectrum management began to change. Economist Roland Coase – later to win a Nobel prize – wrote an academic paper which called for a market-based approach to spectrum licensing. This much quoted work became the cornerstone of the liberalisers’ approach. Here we look at what it said, while a separate article assesses its legacy.