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HK regulator puts 2.3 GHz spectrum back on the market Premium

Nov 14, 2011 by Michael Newlands

Hong Kong's telecoms regulator has reacted to demand for more spectrum from operators by announcing a new auction of 90 MHz in the 2.3 GHz band that failed to find a buyer in a January 2009 auction.

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India seeks early 4G auction as operators wait for 2G spectrum Premium

Jun 23, 2015 by Michael Newlands

As the Indian government tries to fast-track a “4G” auction of 700 MHz spectrum, following last year’s successful 3G and BWA auctions, controversy rages over plans to ban holders of 800/900 MHz spectrum from bidding – even though they are still waiting for the release of extra 2G spectrum they are entitled to.

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Finland prepares for 800 MHz auction Premium

Nov 09, 2011 by Jonathan Watson

The Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications (MINTC) has launched a consultation on a draft government spectrum policy resolution proposing an auction of frequencies in the 800 MHz band.

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Danes launch new spectrum strategy despite demise of NITA Premium

Jul 02, 2015 by Michael Newlands

Despite a major reorganisation of the Danish bureaucracy by the new coalition government, the body now responsible for spectrum management has picked up where defunct regulator NITA left off by identifying possible new bands for wireless broadband.

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UK committee of MPs backs Ofcom’s auction plan Premium

Nov 03, 2011 by Dugie Standeford

Plans by the UK spectrum regulator to auction 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz spectrum next year won strong support in a report published today by the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee. But lawmakers said that while Ofcom was generally “doing a good job” in balancing the needs of consumers, spectrum users and service providers, its remit should be widened to cover the interests of British business.

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Polish regulator reissues licences in 1800 MHz band Premium

Nov 03, 2011 by Jaroslaw Adamowski

Following the rerun of a tender from May 2007, Poland’s Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) has again awarded two licences in the 1710–1730 MHz and 1805–1825 MHz bands to local operators CenterNet and Mobyland. The licences are due to last until the end of 2022.

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EU spectrum policy roadmap edges towards final approval Premium

Nov 02, 2011 by Dugie Standeford

A five-year spectrum plan to spur European mobile broadband growth appears headed for completion early next year.

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Canadian stakeholders want light licensing in 70, 80, 90 GHz bands Premium

Jul 06, 2015 by Dugie Standeford

A proposal by Canadian regulator Industry Canada to let the wireless broadband industry use the 71–76 GHz, 81–86 GHz and 92–95 GHz bands for high-capacity fixed links won general approval from stakeholders. Most backed “light” licensing but panned the idea of third-party band managers.

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Frequency allocation table boundaries set to change at WRC-12 Premium

Oct 27, 2011 by Michael Newlands

While Agenda Item 1.16 at WRC-12 is unlikely to make many headlines, it is very interesting to policy experts because it will probably result in the first change to the ITU’s frequency allocation table in 32 years.

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Do sluggish MSS deployments undermine the case for spectrum harmonisation? Premium

Oct 26, 2011 by Dugie Standeford

Citing the failure of two operators to launch mobile satellite services (MSS) within the contract time frame, the European Commission has taken steps to allow pan-EU enforcement of such agreements, including possible withdrawal of spectrum grants. But does the sluggish response to its efforts to authorise pan-European MSS systems signal problems for harmonisation?

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ITU: up to 1.72 GHz of new spectrum needed for next decade Premium

Oct 25, 2011 by Michael Newlands

A document setting out the likely spectrum requirements for the next generation of mobile services is circulating amongst ITU members prior to its formal presentation at a meeting in Goa next month.

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Belgian 4G auction attracts two potential new entrants Premium

Jul 02, 2015 by Jonathan Watson

Of the five companies that have been approved to participate in Belgium’s 2.6 GHz auction next month, two are potential new entrants.

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Commercial TD-LTE arrives with more major launches imminent Premium

Oct 21, 2011 by Michael Newlands

The momentum propelling TD-LTE towards full commercial launch in the world’s two largest mobile markets continues to build as chipmakers and equipment vendors climb on board the China Mobile-powered bandwagon.

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