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The US is saying goodbye to analogue TV with the feeling that the country is much better prepared that it was in February, when switchover was originally scheduled to take place.
An influential consultancy has praised Finland for its “joined-up thinking” on wired and wireless networks and encouraging the development of a wireless “last mile.” The country is also planning to carry out a review of terrestrial television in 2017.
India’s on-off-on-off auction of 3G spectrum is now officially back on again and will be held before the end of this year says Telecoms Minister A. Raja.
The Swiss Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) is consulting on reassigning free mobile radio frequencies and those that will become vacant in the next few years.
Researchers say WiFi reception is being knocked out not by the proliferation of routers but by other devices, particularly video senders. They say the solution is better interference management, not more WiFi spectrum.
This month's issue considers the significance of a new stock market-type index for spectrum prices in the US; the future of the telecoms framework review and the InfoSoc Commissioner Viviane Reding; as well as looking at the latest developments in public sector spectrum.
The first obstacle for Viviane Reding is the national elections in her native Luxembourg this week. If she clears that hurdle there is then the politicking over the composition of the next Commission with conflicting reports about her prospects.
Efforts to find additional spectrum for European emergency services are running into problems as NATO and several radio administrations object to a proposal to study the 300 - 400 MHz band. Some governments say more spectrum is unnecessary.
While the UK military says it will meet next year’s deadline to release key bands they have fallen behind schedule and seem now to favour an “assistant” from the commercial sector rather than a band manager.
The first pan-European spectrum award went to Inmarsat and Solaris mobile this week to provide satellite service particularly for rural areas. However, the process is the subject of a legal challenge which could see the award being overturned.
An “independent study” says Vodafone and O2 should be allowed to keep their prized 900 MHz holdings if they don’t bid for digital dividend spectrum. It says the UK’s refarming row can be solved by taking an integrated approach to all the possible next generation mobile spectrum, including 2.6GHz and 800MHz.
Commercial operators are slugging it out on a country-by-country basis as mobile and wireless broadband companies try to convince regulators to license their services in C-band while satellite interests endeavour to claw back the frequencies
The SpecEx Spectrum Index is a world first. It has been launched in the US but the company behind it wants to set up similar indices in Europe and elsewhere.