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Report recommends harmonised Euro spectrum for PPDR Premium

Dec 16, 2010 by Dugie Standeford

Germany should advocate pan-European harmonised spectrum above and below 1 GHz for public protection and disaster relief, WiK Consult and Aegis Systems have said in a study carried out for the country’s regulator and government. Scott Marcus, one of the authors of the study, believes it should spur a more intense discussion of the issues.

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Hong Kong to auction four new mobile licences in February Premium

Dec 15, 2010 by Michael Newlands

The Hong Kong telecoms regulator has announced plans to auction the territory’s remaining unused spectrum in the 850 and 900 MHz bands and the 2 GHz band in February 2011.

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European pressure grows for 2016 global IMT spectrum action Premium

Dec 14, 2010 by Scott Billquist, Geneva correspondent

Mobile interests are lobbying regional groups to develop WRC-16 proposals to rationalise, consolidate and expand on frequency bands identified for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) for further harmonisation on a global basis.

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Mobile interests hail 3.4—3.8 GHz as key band for 4G services Premium

Jul 02, 2015 by Scott Billquist, Geneva correspondent

IMT-Advanced co-existence with very small aperture terminals, TV receive-only and satellite news gathering devices could “seriously hamper” the chances of the technology fulfilling its promise, according to a study published by the UMTS Forum.

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Vodafone launches LTE 800 in rural Germany Premium

Jun 23, 2015 by Michael Newlands

The first large-scale commercial deployment of LTE is underway in Germany, where Vodafone is rolling out the service to rural areas using 800 MHz spectrum. The company will then turn its attention to towns and cities, where it will deploy LTE at 2.6 GHz.

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Swiss to auction digital dividend, UMTS and GSM mobile frequencies Premium

Dec 09, 2010 by Scott Billquist, Geneva correspondent

Swiss communications authorities will auction more than 600 MHz from the digital dividend and other crucial mobile bands in an auction expected before the 2011 summer holidays.

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FCC seeks to improve access to spectrum Premium

Dec 07, 2010 by Dugie Standeford

In its “first formal step” towards spectrum incentive auctions, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has proposed giving wireless broadband providers equal access to TV broadcast frequencies that may open up in auctions and allowing broadcasters to voluntarily share channels.

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UK to find 500 MHz of spectrum for “superfast” broadband Premium

Dec 07, 2010 by Michael Newlands

The UK is to follow the lead taken by the US (and more recently Sweden) in releasing 500 MHz of new spectrum suitable for wireless broadband to the market over the next 10 years, according to a government document released this week.

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Germany to make spectrum use more flexible Premium

Dec 06, 2010 by Dugie Standeford

German regulator BNetzA has revealed it is updating the country’s frequency usage plan to meet the needs of the government’s broadband strategy.

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EU telecoms ministers to address radio frequency allocation Premium

Dec 03, 2010 by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels correspondent

EU telecoms ministers will debate the European Commission's radio spectrum policy programme at their Council meeting today in Brussels.

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UK unexpectedly set to be one of the first movers on IMT Advanced Premium

Nov 29, 2010 by Michael Newlands

The first “true 4G” standard has been set by the ITU and the first equipment ships this week. While the mobile operators are not in a position to take advantage of this, WiMAX operator UK Broadband plans to use its significant spectrum holdings to provide true 4G data capacity in the UK next year.

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Mobile WiMAX could fade away but fixed version forges ahead Premium

Nov 26, 2010 by Michael Newlands

Despite a number of high profile setbacks, the WiMAX standard is far from dead. However, it seems increasingly likely that the handful of large-scale mobile WiMAX operations will be a stepping stone for the rapidly developing TD-LTE, which uses the same unpaired spectrum.

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Broadband/broadcast fight over digital dividend spreads to Asia Pacific Premium

Nov 24, 2010 by Michael Newlands

Asian broadcasters disagree with the conclusions of a report commissioned by mobile operators' association the GSMA which advocates harmonisation of the 700 MHz digital dividend band across the Asia Pacific region.

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