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World's first managed spectrum park planned for New Zealand Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Michael Newlands

A half way house between unlicensed access and exclusive spectrum property rights – known as a Managed Spectrum Park - is on target to open in New Zealand in the second quarter of next year.

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Frustration in South Africa at delay in liberalised regulations Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Michael Newlands

Much of the South African telecoms industry is getting impatient with the slow progress towards implementing legislation which will, among other things, introduce technology and service neutral licensing.

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A moral obligation to provide more spectrum for public protection? Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Dugie Standeford

European public safety services are pressing for a share of the digital dividend pie. Top on their wish list is harmonised spectrum in the UHF range for data and broadband communications.

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First pan-European selection procedure gets underway Premium

Aug 15, 2008 by Martin Sims

The European Commission has invited applications to operate mobile satellite services across the whole EU, the first time a spectrum assignment decision has been made on a pan-European basis.

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UK 2.6GHz auction further delayed Premium

Aug 14, 2008 by Martin Sims

Regulator Ofcom has announced that they will not be inviting applications for the 2.6 GHz auction until November at the earliest. The delay is due to continuing legal action.

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Time to make plans for 50 billion new customers Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Michael Newlands

In the coming decades the 3.5 billion cellphone customers who use the radio spectrum will be joined by 50 billion machines communicating with other machines. Are regulators and standards bodies ready? Michael Newlands investigates

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Opinion: The increasing complexity of spectrum choice Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Susan Sweet

The large number of auctions over the next few years mean that tried-and-tested rationales for acquiring new frequencies need to be re-examined, argues Susan Sweet of Mott MacDonald Schema

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EC Decision harmonises band for intelligent transport systems Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Michael Newlands

A new EC decision published this week has harmonised spectrum in the 5875 to 5905M Hz band across the EU for use by Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS).

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US follows UK lead on public spectrum Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Dugie Standeford

The US government has unveiled an ambitious strategy for managing federal spectrum that could ultimately include sharing, trading and the payment of user fees. But experts wonder whether it will ever be put into practice.

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Keenly contested Canadian AWS auction brings in €2.7 billion Premium

Aug 14, 2009 by Michael Newlands

What may be Canada’s most successful spectrum auction from the point of view of both contribution to government coffers and new market entrants came to an end this week.

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Mobile sector welcomes MEPs digital dividend report Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels Correspondent

The Toia report is a big step forward says GSMA but the task now is to convince member states. Although the report has won the support of the Industry Committee the full Parliament won't vote on it until September.

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August 2008 printed issue available for download Premium

Dec 23, 2008 by Martin Sims

Our top story this month is the European Parliament’s vote on the review of the Telecoms Directive.

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Will country-wide spectrum analysis revolutionise the wireless industry? Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Michael Newlands

A new study by Ofcom means the UK regulator should shortly have its first picture of exactly how spectrum is being used in most of the country. This has huge implications, according to the system designers.

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