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Whitespace devices may have got the green light in the US but in Europe doubts remain about the amount of vacant spectrum and the impact on wireless microphone users
The furore over the eventual admittance of mobile WiMAX to the IMT family is set to flare up again with a disagreement on how to proceed with official recognition of the frequency-division duplexing version of WiMAX.
Initial results from the UK’s first comprehensive mobile spectrum monitoring project show several examples of unexpected and possibly unlawful usage.
Despite a protest campaign mounted by America’s broadcasters, regulator the Federal Communications Commission yesterday officially approved the use of white spaces for wireless broadband following four years of debate.
The Commission and several member states feel the compromise on the telecoms framework agreed by EU ministers didn’t go far enough but there is optimism about reaching a deal in the lifetime of this Parliament.
Our theme this month is the framework review package, which European ministers will be discussing in the telecoms council today (27 November 2008).
Although the telecoms framework compromise due to be agreed by Ministers on Thursday falls short of the Commission's hopes it contains general support for spectrum liberalisation and a boost for MEPs seeking greater influence in this area.
Brussels has released a new proposal to resolve the dispute between the Commission and the Parliament which for the past 18 months has prevented the re-farming of the 900Mhz band.
More detailed information from The Australian Communications and Media Authority underline the difficulties of making international comparisons about spectrum trading.
America has scored a world first in approving the use of whitespace devices. The same FCC meeting which made the decision also gave the green light to create a national WiMAX network.
With spectrum trading in Europe approaching its fourth anniversary, PolicyTracker asks how many trades have taken place and searches for an international benchmark. Simple questions, but there appear to be no simple answers.
Our top story this month is the European Commission’s revised legislative proposals for the telecoms framework review. These cut back the Parliament’s plans to give MEPs more control over spectrum policy.
It's a first - Dolly Parton and Neil Diamond have intervened in spectrum policy! Meanwhile the FCC is facing criticism for using election day to hold the meeting which will decide on the whitespace issue.