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Although the Chinese backers of the TD-LTE standard predict its main future lies in the developing world, some in the telecoms industry think it also has a bright future in the developed world - alongside the FD-LTE which many MNOs are already committed to.
Reminiscent of Japan, Inc in the 1980s, the Chinese state and its huge majority-owned businesses are working together to make a major impact on the international stage. An excellent case study in the workings of China, Inc is the staggeringly fast development of the TD-LTE standard.
Greece could earn more than €240 million from refarming GSM spectrum, according to a consultation document released by the country's telecoms regulator the Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission (EETT).
FCC mandates LTE in 700 Mhz band Premium
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has ordered all public safety mobile broadband networks to use LTE technology in the 700MHz band. According to FCC chairman Julius Genachowski, the move represents a major step toward nationwide interoperability for first responders.
South Africa’s long-delayed plan to license 2.6 GHz and 3.5 GHz spectrum appears to be inching forward again, although the timing and process remain unclear.
France’s industry minister Éric Besson said earlier this month he wants a second digital dividend to open more spectrum to mobile services, a proposal that will require terrestrial broadcasters to switch to DVB-T2 and MPEG-4 transmission and could put France in a position to lead European and international talks on the subject.
In a statement issued on January 20, UK regulator Ofcom put an end to months of uncertainty by confirming the status quo in the programme making and special events (PMSE) sector would be maintained until after the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Kenyan government has proposed a national, open access, wholesale LTE network in the 2.6 GHz band to promote cost-effective spectrum use and keep operators from having to spend money at an auction.
The arrival of a new entrant in Brazil’s 3G market plus increased spectrum holdings for incumbents are likely to see an acceleration in rollout around the country and better service quality. However, regulator Anatel's belief that prices will fall may be over-optimistic.
Malaysian mobile operator DiGi Telecommunications has submitted a business plan to the country's telecoms regulator for its proposed use of 2.6 GHz spectrum.
Kuwait-based telecoms operator Zain has confirmed that it plans to launch a 3G service in Jordan as soon as a rival operator's exclusivity deal expires next month.
The UK's parliament has taken the rare step of organising a public event that focuses on spectrum.
Even though regulators and mobile operators continue to warn more spectrum is needed to deal with exploding demand for mobile Internet access, research firm Analysys Mason argues that claims of an impending mobile data “tsunami” are overblown.