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ITU considers regulatory implications of cognitive radio Premium

Feb 29, 2008 by Martin Sims

In the first of two articles our Geneva correspondent Scott Billquist explains how the ITU is building on earlier studies of software defined radio to find ways of fitting cognitive services into the Radio Regulations

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US auction breaks financial records but will it achieve FCC objective? Premium

Feb 28, 2008 by Martin Sims

The results of the FCC's 700MHz auction are likely to be a 'mess' according to one analyst because it is unlikely to fulfil its original promise of creating the next generation of broadband services.

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UK military to present spectrum release plans 'in May' Premium

Dec 23, 2008 by Martin Sims

Ofcom has finalised the framework to allow commercial usage of military frequencies. The Ministry of Defence appears keen to profit from the arrangement, but doubts remain about applying this model to commercial spectrum sharing.

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Commercial deployment of UWB only weeks away Premium

Feb 22, 2008 by Martin Sims

Ultra-wideband technology has finally arrived in the EU following the passing of an official standard, the adoption of enabling legislation by all major member states, and the first product getting certified for the market.

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ComReg to hold third spectrum auction Premium

Feb 21, 2008 by Martin Sims

Over a dozen national licences are to be released in the 26GHz band in Ireland this summer with the market deciding the split between point-to-point and point-to-multipoint services.

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France launches online frequency database Premium

Feb 21, 2008 by Martin Sims

Companies can see which bands are available for trading and who currently holds the licences using websites developed by the French communications regulator, ARCEP.

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Industry says timing of Ofcom's HDTV proposals is 'ridiculous' Premium

Feb 15, 2008 by Martin Sims

TV executives and manufacturers say the regulator's plan to reassign the digital multiplexes to provide terrestrial HDTV is impractical because it relies on an untested technology which is unlikely to become affordable until 2011

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Reding asks for industry help over re-farming and digital dividend Premium

Feb 13, 2008 by Martin Sims

In her Barcelona speech InfoSoc Commissioner Viviane Reding urged the mobile industry to lobby the European Parliament over re-farming and persuade national politicians to take swifter action over the digital dividend.

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Opinion: Industry remains concerned about Ofcom’s flexible licensing proposals Premium

Feb 11, 2008 by Martin Sims

As the latest SUR consultation closes Michael Whittaker contrasts the UK and Australian model of flexible spectrum licensing and finds Ofcom’s offering wanting.

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Europe's highest court backs Commission on spectrum policy Premium

Feb 01, 2008 by Martin Sims

The first ruling from the European Court of Justice on frequency management under the EU regulatory framework contains a strong rebuke for Italy for freezing out new entrants in the TV market.

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Newsflash: Italian TV band allocations ruled unlawful Premium

Jan 31, 2008 by Martin Sims

The European court of justice has ruled that Italy has breached community law by giving a TV company a broadcasting licence but failing to give it a frequency allocation.

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New spectrum allocation for earth exploration Premium

Feb 06, 2008 by Martin Sims

The scientific community is set to enjoy better protection for its research services after the World Radio Conference agreed clearer definitions for recommended and mandatory sharing.

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Opinion: Are the military about to give up some spectrum? Premium

Feb 05, 2008 by Martin Sims

UK developments suggest the release or sharing of armed forces spectrum may be closer than is often thought. Using the military’s own anti-jamming technologies may overcome some of the interference concerns, argues Richard Womersley.

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