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Venezuela discusses spectrum auctions Premium

Jun 09, 2011 by Jonathan Watson

Venezuelan regulator Conatel held public hearings in May to discuss what spectrum will be auctioned off this year.

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Argentina plans spectrum auction Premium

Jun 07, 2011 by Jonathan Watson

Argentina’s communications ministry has announced plans to auction spectrum in 800 MHz and 1900 MHz in the second half of 2011.

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Swiss spectrum auction put back to 2012 Premium

Jun 08, 2011 by Jonathan Watson

Swiss regulator the Federal Communications Commission (ComCom) has delayed its “big bang” spectrum auction until the first quarter of 2012.

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FCC’s data roaming mandate toothless without interoperability Premium

Jun 06, 2011 by Michael Newlands

The news that the two largest mobile operators in the US oppose the FCC’s decision to mandate data roaming between carriers is no surprise. The threat of legal action to try and overturn the decision could also have been predicted. But unless the FCC goes further and mandates interoperability, none of this really matters.

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3G looks set to arrive in Thailand via the back door Premium

Jun 03, 2011 by Michael Newlands

Having derailed 3G indefinitely by upholding a petition brought by Thai state-owned operators to postpone the long-planned 2.1 GHz auction last September, the Central Administrative Court has issued a ruling which may break the 3G logjam.

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"Hard talks" needed for agreement on RSPP Premium

May 31, 2011 by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels correspondent

The EU Member States and the European Parliament will have to work hard if they want to bridge the divide between them on the EU's future radio spectrum policy. They have adopted quite different views of the European Commission's proposal for a five-year programme to open up radio frequencies for wireless broadband.

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EU telecoms ministers approve Commission’s WRC-12 stance Premium

Jun 01, 2011 by Dugie Standeford

EU telecoms ministers have backed the European Commission’s proposed negotiating stance for the World Radiocommunication Conference 2012. One key objective is cross-border use of the digital dividend 800 MHz band.

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Scandinavian operators take the lead with first TD/FD-LTE networks Premium

Jun 02, 2011 by Michael Newlands

Ever since China Mobile started its major international drive to accelerate the development of TD-LTE, it has seemed likely that operators long used to paired spectrum would take the opportunity also to use their often fallow unpaired spectrum.

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Spanish 900 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum attracts two bids Premium

May 25, 2011 by Jonathan Watson

Orange and Yoigo are the only mobile operators to have lodged bids in the Spanish 900 and 1800 MHz licence contest, according to the country's ministry of industry, tourism and trade.

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Ample white space spectrum for PMSE, says Ofcom Premium

May 24, 2011 by Michael Newlands

The future for wireless microphone users became clearer this week as Ofcom published a statement on how much white space spectrum will be available after digital switchover and band manager JFMG's free online look-up tool went live.

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Danes seek 600 MHz of extra spectrum for wireless broadband Premium

Jul 02, 2015 by Michael Newlands

To reach its ambitious target of bringing 100 Mbps broadband to the whole country by 2012, the Danish government will have to make at least an additional 600 MHz of spectrum available for wireless broadband, according to a report just published by the National IT and Telecom Agency (NITA).

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French regulator unveils draft rules for 4G auction Premium

May 20, 2011 by Jonathan Watson

French regulator ARCEP has published its draft decisions on the procedures for assigning frequencies in the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands.

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NTIA needs to improve, congressional watchdog says Premium

May 18, 2011 by Dugie Standeford

The US National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) is not doing a good job of overseeing federal spectrum, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) made public on 12 May.

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