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CEPT re-organises but members wonder if sector-wide reform is needed Premium

CEPT re-organises but members wonder if sector-wide reform is needed
Oct 23, 2009 by Martin Sims

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?

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EU legalises refarming of 2G spectrum Premium

Oct 22, 2009 by Michael Newlands

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.

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Government acts on UK refarming dispute Premium

Oct 21, 2009 by Michael Newlands

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.

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Government consulting on spectrum broker’s final proposals Premium

Oct 19, 2009 by Michael Newlands

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.

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Fears that WRC 2012 proposals could harm meteorological services Premium

Oct 16, 2009 by Scott Billquist, Geneva Correspondent

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

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Commission and mobile operators expected to challenge German digital dividend auction Premium

Oct 23, 2009 by Dugie Standeford

The German regulator is being accused of favouring incumbents after the announcement of its plans to sell off former analogue TV frequencies.

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FCC sets D-block timetable but gives no clear plans Premium

Jun 23, 2015 by Dugie Standeford

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.

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François Rancy to be proposed as ITU-R director Premium

Oct 23, 2009 by Scott Billquist, Geneva Correspondent

The current head of the French frequency agency is to be a candidate for ITU's top job in spectrum management.

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Opinion: Avoid the “L-word”? Premium

Oct 09, 2009 by Robert Horvitz, Open Spectrum Foundation

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.

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Give spectrum regulation to competition authority says new NZ mobile operator Premium

Oct 08, 2009 by Michael Newlands

New Zealand has finally got a third mobile operator but the company has launched a scathing attack on national spectrum policy.

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Civil use of unmanned aircraft systems faces regulatory hurdles Premium

Civil use of unmanned aircraft systems faces regulatory hurdles
Oct 07, 2009 by Scott Billquist, Geneva Correspondent

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.

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Ronald Coase: Assessing the impact Premium

Ronald Coase: Assessing the impact
Oct 02, 2009 by Dugie Standeford

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.

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Ronald Coase: A historic anniversary Premium

Oct 02, 2009 by Dugie Standeford

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.

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