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Ofcom urged to "wake up" to interference issues from LTE 800 Premium

Oct 05, 2011 by Michael Newlands

UK regulator Ofcom has not grasped the likely extent of interference either with TV broadcasting or short-range devices once the digital dividend 800 MHz band starts being used for wireless broadband, according to an independent spectrum consultant.

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A new network but £3.9 billion cheaper than mobile Premium

Oct 04, 2011 by Martin Sims

A new wireless standard could create a nationwide white space network for between £50 million and £100 million rather than the £4 billion typical cost of a mobile network, it's claimed. The Weightless standard has been designed primarily for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, but could also be used for media content delivery, asset tracking and other applications.

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Poland delays 800 MHz auction Premium

Jun 23, 2015 by Jaroslaw Adamowski

Poland’s Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) has announced it is to delay the launch of the long-awaited auction for LTE licences in the 790-862 MHz digital dividend band until 2013-2014. The regulator blamed the decision on a number of technical and administrative difficulties relating to the auction and to the transfer of the spectrum, which is currently used by the Polish Army, for civilian use.

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Mobile industry stakes claim to Latin America’s digital dividend Premium

Sep 28, 2011 by Dugie Standeford

Allocating spectrum in the 700 MHz broadcast band to mobile services could bring around $15 billion into the Latin American economy and expand mobile coverage to nearly 93 per cent of the population, according to a report presented on 22 September at the ITU global symposium for regulators in Armenia, Colombia.

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French incumbents win 2.6 GHz spectrum Premium

Sep 27, 2011 by Jonathan Watson

French regulator ARCEP has awarded spectrum in the 2.6 GHz band to the country’s four main mobile operators.

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Spectrum swaps start to defragment 1800 MHz band in Australia Premium

Sep 26, 2011 by Michael Newlands

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) is working with the country’s mobile operators to arrange spectrum swaps in the fragmented 1800 MHz band to allow the launch of LTE before the digital dividend 700 MHz band becomes available.

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Spectrum policy drives 3G coverage in Guatemala and El Salvador Premium

Sep 28, 2011 by Dugie Standeford

Guatemala and El Salvador have taken novel approaches to spectrum allocation but their regimes aren’t likely to set a trend despite global interest in greater spectrum liberalisation.

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Spain plans new spectrum auction Premium

Sep 22, 2011 by Jonathan Watson

Spain’s ministry of industry, tourism and communications (MITYC) is planning a new auction to allocate the spectrum that was left unsold at the end of its previous auction, held in July.

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Aussies propose combinatorial auction format for 4G spectrum Premium

Sep 21, 2011 by Michael Newlands

Spectrum regulator the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has announced it will use a combinatorial clock auction (CCA) format for the first time in next year’s planned auction of 4G spectrum.

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Four apply for French 2.6 GHz spectrum Premium

Sep 20, 2011 by Jonathan Watson

France’s four main mobile operators have all applied to take part in the country’s 2.6 GHz auction, according to telecoms regulator ARCEP.

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US white space database tests begin Premium

Sep 19, 2011 by Dugie Standeford

Spectrum Bridge will begin testing its white space database system today. The 45-day public trial will help determine whether the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) grants the company final approval to operate the database in the TV band.

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Mobily launches world’s first TD-LTE network in Saudi Arabia Premium

Sep 16, 2011 by Michael Newlands

Mobily, the Saudi Arabian subsidiary of UAE telecoms group Etisalat, has launched the world’s first commercial TD-LTE network. It claims this is the first LTE network of any kind in the Middle East and North Africa region.

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Mexico ponders “paradigm shift” in spectrum policy Premium

Sep 15, 2011 by Martin Sims

Mexico's regulators are considering how spectrum policy can play its part in making a highly concentrated market more competitive.

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