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In its second spectrum auction of the year, the Spanish Industry Ministry has raised €1.815 bn from the sale of 4G licences to operate in 800 MHz, 900 MHz and 2.6 GHz.
The Hungarian government is planning to auction off unused 900 and 1800 MHz spectrum on a technology-neutral basis before the end of 2011. This would allow licence holders to offer either 3G or 4G services.
Pakistan’s 3G auction, originally planned as far back as 2008, now looks likely to take place in January 2012. Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani has appointed a committee of three cabinet ministers to prepare the groundwork.
With its new government being sworn in at the end of July, Peru’s delayed 900 MHz and AWS auctions are expected to be given the green light soon and take place before the end of the year – possibly as soon as Q3.
Draft legislation being championed by Republicans in the US House of Representatives would authorise spectrum incentive auctions, require any licensed or unlicensed spectrum made available for commercial use to be auctioned, and prohibit the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from capping total spectrum holdings. There is much to dislike in the “discussion” document, say broadcasters, wireless services providers and public interest advocates.
The UK government has published an ambitious framework to bring local TV to people throughout the country, with the main delivery mechanism being the digital terrestrial television (DTT) platform using the TV white spaces.
The Swiss "big bang" spectrum auction could raise at least CHF 637 million (€547 million), according to amended tender documents published by Swiss regulator OFCOM this week.
The European Commission is reviewing tenders for an inventory of existing public and private spectrum use in the 300 MHz - 3 GHz range and an analysis of whether the spectrum is being used efficiently. Regulators hope the results will guide talks on future needs and policy priorities.
The Latvian Public Utilities Commission (PUC) announced in mid-July that it intends to auction part of the 2.6 GHz band by 30 January 2012, with usage rights starting for the winners on 1 January 2014.
Poland is streamlining its spectrum application process for the Euro 2012 soccer tournament, which the country is co-hosting with Ukraine.
Peace isn’t exactly breaking out between mobile broadband providers and broadcasters in the long-running tussle over spectrum availability, but there is growing recognition that some cooperation is necessary, representatives from both sides say. According to one consultant, Wi-Fi could be the interim solution to the convergence problem.
The Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority (FICORA) has issued four licences enabling operators to test mobile networks in the 800 MHz band. The licences were granted in June and came into effect at the beginning of July.
UK communications minister Ed Vaizey and Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards have appeared before a parliamentary select committee investigating spectrum. The minister denied that his portfolio was too broad and both defended plans for upcoming auctions.