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Network for machines planned in white spaces Premium

May 03, 2011 by Michael Newlands

In the first of two articles on new technologies being developed to take advantage of the broadcast white space spectrum, we look at UK start-up Neul, whose high-powered founders are pioneering white space networks for machine to machine (M2M) communications.

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Gulf countries adopt European mobile sub-band Premium

Apr 28, 2011 by Martin Sims

The member nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have agreed to identify 790‒862 MHz for mobile broadband following digital switchover.

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ITRE Committee proposes RSPP amendments Premium

Apr 26, 2011 by Dugie Standeford

There should be 1200 MHz of additional spectrum for mobile data services by 2015, a European Parliament committee said following a recent vote on the European Commission’s proposed five-year radio spectrum policy programme (RSPP).

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Israel gets two new 3G operators Premium

Apr 21, 2011 by Michael Newlands

After winning 3G licences to join the three 3G incumbents, two new players have been promised their auction payments back if they hit subscriber deadlines within five years.

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Singaporean operator secures extra 1800 MHz spectrum Premium

Jul 06, 2015 by Jonathan Watson

Singapore's third largest mobile operator M1 has secured extra spectrum in the 1800 MHz band for S$21.69 million ($17.38 million) following a week-long auction.

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US government and mobile industry press for spectrum incentive auctions Premium

Apr 19, 2011 by Dugie Standeford

The Obama administration and the mobile industry are fiercely lobbying Congress to authorise spectrum incentive auctions. Broadcasters, meanwhile, have accused the government of buying into overhyped fears of a “spectrum crisis” in rushing to reallocate TV frequencies.

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Rules and principles to bring broadband to all Premium

Apr 18, 2011 by Michael Newlands

A set of technical rules published by the European Commission (EC) and a set of principles published by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) both aim in different ways to help bring broadband internet to all in the EU.

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Mexican broadcaster wants to use 2.6 GHz band for LTE Premium

Apr 15, 2011 by Michael Newlands

Mexico’s largest broadcaster, MVS Telecomunicaciones, may buck the worldwide trend of broadcasters losing spectrum to mobile operators by keeping its surplus spectrum to build out a wholesale wireless broadband network.

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French operator wants 4G spectrum auction delay Premium

Apr 14, 2011 by Jonathan Watson

Xavier Niel, founder and chief executive of French telecoms firm Iliad, has written to the country's industry minster Eric Besson to ask for a planned auction of spectrum suitable for 4G services to be delayed.

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Private sector sues Lebanese telecoms ministry and state-owned operators Premium

Apr 13, 2011 by Michael Newlands

A group of private sector ISPs is challenging the legality of 3G networks being built out by Lebanon’s two state-owned operators, Alfa and MTC, on the grounds that they have not been awarded spectrum and operating licences in accordance with telecommunications laws.

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HK operators win new spectrum in time to beat data crunch Premium

Apr 12, 2011 by Michael Newlands

Following 41 bidding rounds over four days of auction, two of Hong Kong’s five mobile operators walked away with 2 x 5 MHz lots of prime sub-1 GHz spectrum at a total cost of just under HK$2 billion ($251 million).

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Regulators discuss cross-border spectrum coordination strategies Premium

Apr 11, 2011 by Dugie Standeford

Cross-border spectrum coordination problems are tricky but can be solved with a mix of technology and good neighbourly relations, regulators say.

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European Commission outlines priorities for WRC-12 Premium

Apr 08, 2011 by Dugie Standeford

The European Commission has proposed EU spectrum policy priorities for the World Radiocommunication Conference 2012 (WRC-12). Topping the list is cross-border coordination of the use of the digital dividend 800 MHz band.

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