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As had been widely predicted, US President Obama has nominated a key adviser, Julius Genachowski, as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Although the appointment is subject to congressional approval this is expected to be a formality.
Although there is now a draft text on the table that would incorporate TDD and FDD variants into the IMT standard continuing opposition makes a speedy conclusion unlikely.
Our top story this month is the UK moves towards harmonising its digital dividend spectrum release with other European countries. While this has been welcomed by the mobile industry it raises new concerns for PMSE users.
28GHz is now coming back into use and in this second article on the band we get the perspective of the companies offering the new services. These include a WiMAX network and the development of the UK’s first non-PMSE band managers. Is this sufficient innovation to make up for the years the band lay idle?
A liberalised market should stimulate innovation, provide better services to customers and allow spectrum to migrate to the most economically valuable uses. In the first of two articles we ask if 28GHz in the UK is a liberalisation success story. The band was sold at around 200 times its current value nine years ago, and has since been underused; traded; and auctioned again. So has liberalisation enabled it to bounce back from this overvaluation?
EU member states may be prepared to compromise on giving a "European dimension" to the EU's new radio spectrum policy regime, according to an internal document obtained by Policy Tracker.
The EU Radio Spectrum Policy Group has proposed best practices for the use of public sector spectrum for defence, public safety and transport. The opinion stresses spectrum-sharing, technology and service neutrality, and recognition that public sector does not always take precedence over commercial use.
Dániel Pataki, the head of the EU spectrum advisory group is urging his fellow regulators to release former analogue TV bands for mobile services. The RSPG is currently working on an opinion about the digital dividend, which is due to be delivered in May.
Arqiva, which transmits the programmes for all the UK terrestrial broadcasters, has bought JFMG, which manages spectrum for wireless microphones and programme making services (PMSE).
Despite the uncertainty over passing the telecoms package in this parliament MEPs and the Commission appear united in an effort to persuade national governments to adopt a more coordinated approach to the released analogue TV frequencies.
The proposals to bring the UK into line with other European countries over the release of analogue TV spectrum could put some manufacturers out of business, according to a representative from the wireless mic community.
Ofcom’s new proposals to harmonise the 800MHz band with other European countries have been met with delight by the mobile telecoms industry, but other parties want more details about compensation before giving their approval.
China’s Ministry of Information Industry Technology has approved the use of ultra-wideband (UWB) technology in the country with immediate effect.