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The agreed version of the European Parliament’s digital dividend report goes further than the European Commission by calling for a compulsory EU-wide approach to all the released analogue TV frequencies.
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The European Parliament is demanding more control over spectrum policy but seems to be back tracking on calls to curtail Commission powers. However, MEPs are set to get a greater role in setting the roadmap for frequency policy.
Our top story this month is the EU telecoms council meeting where InfoSoc Commissioner Viviane Reding called for half the digital dividend to be used for wireless services.
The European Commission has published its decision designating 2.6GHz as the first WAPECs band but there is concern about clauses which allow member states to delay the start of the technology and service neutral licensing regime.
The FCC is shortly due to publish proposals for the re-auctioning of D Block which failed to sell in the US 700MHz auction. The regulator says it wants new ideas from stakeholders, but not everyone is convinced.
As Brussels prepares a detailed policy on reallocating the analogue TV frequencies, telecoms Commissioner Viviane Reding has urged member states to realise the goal of broadband for all by releasing 50% for wireless services.
The EU Telecoms Council has overwhelmingly rejected the pan-European regulator with some spectrum responsibilities proposed by Brussels; Infosoc Commissioner Viviane Reding says she is considering other options.
A European regulators study group has completed its report on using the interleaved or white space spectrum between digital broadcasts. While this makes several recommendations it says further work is needed.
While EU telecoms ministers will only hear progress reports on the review of the framework directive more significant developments are expected on digital switchover policy.
Ofcom has postponed the sale of this key WiMAX and 3G band pending the outcome of legal action by mobile operators T-Mobile and O2
The select group of companies with a keen interest in using military spectrum have welcomed the UK Ministry of Defence’s liberalisation initiative. However, for most firms their main focus of interest is elsewhere.
It is health services and the transport sector that will be transformed by wireless technologies over the next decade says the UK regulator, not the communications industry
Spectrum needs to be viewed as just another infrastructure asset in a technology and service neutral environment, argues Christoph Legutko, particularly when dealing with the digital dividend.