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Thailand gets 3G Lite as commercial auction is pushed back Premium

Dec 11, 2009 by Michael Newlands

After years of edging ever closer Thailand finally has a 3G service, albeit one run by MVNOs over a state-owned network and limited to the capital Bangkok. Plans for auctioning commercial 2.1 GHz licenses are still up in the air.

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South African hybrid auction proposal needs reworking, stakeholders say Premium

Dec 11, 2009 by Dugie Standeford

ICASA's plan for assigning 2.6 GHz and 3.5 GHz has been criticized from all sides. Some say a beauty contest would be better while others say the two stage process lacks procedural detail.

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Former Competition Commissioner to be in charge of radio frequencies Premium

Dec 08, 2009 by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels’ correspondent

Neelie Kroes rather than Viviane Reding is set to get the top job in telecoms. The portfolio which includes spectrum will be called “Digital Agenda” instead of “Information Society”

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Railways and RFID eye same small block of frequencies Premium

Dec 03, 2009 by Scott Billquist, Geneva Correspondent

Regulators and standards bodies are considering how to globally harmonise the expanding European RFID industry while helping the railway GSM network cope with interference. Both technologies want to use spectrum around 920 MHz, but sharing may be a possibility.

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Zain forced to abandon takeover of Palestinian operator Premium

Dec 01, 2009 by Michael Newlands

The takeover of Palestinian incumbent fixed-line operator Paltel and its mobile subsidiary Jawwal by the rapidly growing Zain Group of Kuwait has suddenly and unexpectedly been abandoned.

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Bolloré starts French mobile WiMAX rollout in Q1 2010 Premium

Dec 01, 2009 by Mike Newlands

France’s main holder of 3.5 GHz spectrum, Bolloré Telecom, will start to build a near-nationwide WiMAX network next year, despite having fallen well behind schedule. The company says the service may then “evolve” to LTE.

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German 2.6Ghz case expected to go to European Court of Justice Premium

Nov 27, 2009 by Dugie Standeford

An intervention from the European Commission makes it increasingly likely that the four year old dispute over technology neutrality in 2.6GHz will go all the way to the EU’s highest court. Legal action has also been threatened over Germany's auction of digital dividend spectrum

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Why did the Finnish 2.6GHz auction raise so little? Premium

Nov 27, 2009 by Martin Sims

A lack of competition and an unusual design feature seem the main reasons for the low revenues in Finland’s first auction.

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“Telecoms package” passes into law Premium

Nov 26, 2009 by Martin Sims

The review of the Telecoms Framework Directive has finally been agreed after two years of discussion between the Commission, member states and MEPs.

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Finland’s first spectrum auction raises just €3.8 million Premium

Nov 27, 2009 by Mike Newlands and Martin Sims

Four 2.6Ghz licences in Finland have been sold for a fraction of the amount raised in similar auctions in neighbouring countries.

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Regulatory boss who drove liberalisation in Bahrain moves on Premium

Regulatory boss who drove liberalisation in Bahrain moves on
Nov 24, 2009 by Michael Newlands

Alan Horne leaves the Bahrain Telecoms Regulatory Authority at the end of November after three years at the helm overseeing its transformation into one of the most liberalised and forward looking regulators in the region.

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Cognitive radio: geolocation approach gets boost in Europe Premium

Nov 20, 2009 by Dugie Standeford

Geolocation is emerging as a promising way of preventing cognitive devices causing harmful interference in UHF spectrum white spaces, the EU Radio Spectrum Policy Group and UK regulator say. But the mechanisms by which the databases will work - and the market for white-space applications - remain unclear.

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Egypt’s Orascom fights for right to use Canadian spectrum Premium

Nov 20, 2009 by Michael Newlands

Orascom is seeking to overturn a ruling which prevents it using spectrum won in the recent AWS auction. The company was judged to have fallen foul of Canada's foreign ownership rules.

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