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Sale of the century comes to an end Premium

Mar 19, 2008 by Martin Sims

America’s 'hundred-year auction', the 700MHz auction selling off prime spectrum released by switching off the analogue broadcasting signal, has finally closed.

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ITU considers how to stimulate global development of cognitive radio Premium

Mar 18, 2008 by Martin Sims

A globally harmonised pilot channel or a database system are among the options, writes our Geneva correspondent Scott Billquist in his second article on the ITU's approach to cognitive radio.

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Growing support for set top box subsidies Premium

Dec 23, 2008 by Martin Sims

Giving TV viewers a financial incentive to upgrade to more spectrally efficient set top boxes is gaining influential backers and looking increasingly attractive as a way of getting more services into UHF.

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ITU invites proposals for '4G' Premium

Mar 11, 2008 by Martin Sims

This month the Radiocommunication Bureau is due to solicit candidate technologies for IMT-Advanced, popularly known as '4G'

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Brussels softens line on digital dividend Premium

Mar 10, 2008 by Martin Sims

The European Commission has retreated from the idea of mandating policy on analogue TV spectrum release and is now advocating broad political buy-in and detailed impact assessments.

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Band manager buys spectrum in low-key UK auction Premium

Mar 06, 2008 by Martin Sims

Ofcom’s fourth radio spectrum auction went ahead quietly in February with a large amount of spectrum being sold for comparatively little money.

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UHF would be a 'failed market' says broadcasters' study Premium

Mar 03, 2008 by Martin Sims

Liberalising broadcasting frequencies would not generate significant economic value nor provide ubiquitous rural broadband say economists commissioned by TV industry. They also warn of damage to the broadcast sector.

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Should we re-invent ourselves? Premium

Mar 13, 2008 by Martin Sims

The European Regulators group, CEPT, is asking whether its role needs to be revised in response to Brussels’ proposal for a pan-European regulator and other developments.

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March 2008 printed issue available for download Premium

Dec 23, 2008 by Martin Sims

Our top story this month is the UK military's imminent announcement of spectrum release plans.

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ITU considers regulatory implications of cognitive radio Premium

Feb 29, 2008 by Martin Sims

In the first of two articles our Geneva correspondent Scott Billquist explains how the ITU is building on earlier studies of software defined radio to find ways of fitting cognitive services into the Radio Regulations

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US auction breaks financial records but will it achieve FCC objective? Premium

Feb 28, 2008 by Martin Sims

The results of the FCC's 700MHz auction are likely to be a 'mess' according to one analyst because it is unlikely to fulfil its original promise of creating the next generation of broadband services.

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UK military to present spectrum release plans 'in May' Premium

Dec 23, 2008 by Martin Sims

Ofcom has finalised the framework to allow commercial usage of military frequencies. The Ministry of Defence appears keen to profit from the arrangement, but doubts remain about applying this model to commercial spectrum sharing.

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Commercial deployment of UWB only weeks away Premium

Feb 22, 2008 by Martin Sims

Ultra-wideband technology has finally arrived in the EU following the passing of an official standard, the adoption of enabling legislation by all major member states, and the first product getting certified for the market.

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