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Participants in ITU-R will start new work on 11 new satellite services matters, said a letter circulated by the Radiocommunication Bureau. The work will result in new reports and recommendations, according to proposals developed in an ITU-R study group and approved by countries, it said.
The credit crunch may have undermined public faith in market economics but moves towards greater spectrum liberalisation seem unaffected. There are no signs of policy u-turns in Europe and spectrum trading in the US continues to grow.
This month's issue examines the role of the digital dividend debate within the telecoms framework review; the impact of the economic downturn on spectrum policy; and new initiatives on public sector spectrum in the US.
We need to rethink our attitude to spectrum pricing, argues ATDI’s Managing Director Cyprien de Cosson. Those users with the greatest claim on the airwaves should have sufficient interference-free spectrum, while less important users should be made to share.
US telecoms industry insiders have reacted positively to a new plan from Verizon Wireless for the creation of a interoperable broadband network for US emergency services rather than the public/private partnership previously proposed.
The GSM operators association has urged world leaders to boost their ailing economies by replacing spectrum auctions with a “nominal” upfront payment and rollout conditions. The GSMA also said the European Commission was showing a lack of leadership, provoking a vigorous response from Brussels.
US willingness to consider allocation of open spectrum is already advanced and could blossom under an Obama Administration eager for innovation and new technologies, says a former member of the president’s transition team.
A new DAB traffic information service and growing interest from car manufacturers are further encouraging signs in the development of digital radio. This article is the second in a series examining how the medium is coping with a challenging business climate and competition from other technologies.
Italy has been leading the fight to delete references to the reuse of analogue TV frequencies from the review of the EU Telecoms framework.
The European Commission is waiting for an expert opinion from member state regulators before launching a public consultation on a recommendation for the digital dividend. The consultation is due to start in July.
Industry has welcomed legislation pending in the US Congress requiring an audit of spectrum managed by the NTIA and FCC, but does it go far enough?
In a ruling welcomed by private sector mobile operators, India’s Telecom Disputes Settlement And Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has ruled the government may not give preferential treatment to state-owned operators.
EU institutions have moved closer to agreement on allowing deployment of UMTS and other technologies in the 900 MHz GSM band, but it is not yet a done deal.