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Considerable progress was made in 2008 towards the use of interleaved or white space spectrum between digital broadcasts in the UHF bands, although broadcasters on both sides of the Atlantic continued to try and block its use.
In this month's issue we analyse the agreement reached over the EU framework review package and assess its significance for spectrum policy. We consider the next steps in getting the measure passed and ask whether it is likely to be agreed within the lifetime of this European Parliament.
The British government is to take a new look at how to utilise the so-called Digital Dividend, spectrum freed up by the switch from analogue to digital broadcasting, according to Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling.
ITU member countries are considering a request to start work on two matters in the broadcasting service and to revise five others, according to a letter circulated by the Radiocommunication Bureau.
Ministers and the European Parliament will spend the next few months intensively negotiating a compromise on the future EU telecommunications rules, the so-called "telecoms package", expected to be applied from 2010.
The US Federal Communications Commission is being accused of unlawful behaviour after cancelling a meeting scheduled for December 18. The regulator acted after receiving a letter from the incoming administration.
Radio amateurs claim the powerline technology used by the UK’s biggest IPTV service is causing widespread interference. But Ofcom and the operator, BT, say there have been a small number of isolated incidents.
The German parliament has unveiled proposals to remove the power of federal states to restrict the use of UHF to broadcasting services only. It’s a huge boost for those seeking the European harmonisation of mobile in UHF.
As policy-makers come to terms with the HDTV revolution the next wave of TV technology - 3DTV and Ultra High Definition - is beginning its progress through the regulatory working groups.
The Framework Review compromise brokered by the French EU presidency supports spectrum liberalisation in principle but rejects the Commission’s calls to introduce compulsory measures.
Ofcom doesn't agree with Professor Martin Cave's assessment but is considering measures to give potential traders more information about the spectrum available.
Whitespace devices may have got the green light in the US but in Europe doubts remain about the amount of vacant spectrum and the impact on wireless microphone users
The furore over the eventual admittance of mobile WiMAX to the IMT family is set to flare up again with a disagreement on how to proceed with official recognition of the frequency-division duplexing version of WiMAX.