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US president Barack Obama hopes to raise nearly $28 billion through spectrum incentive auctions and to spend $3 billion of it on research and development of emerging wireless technologies and applications. But will his plan to give 98 per cent of Americans 4G high-speed wireless access within five years succeed?
The European Commission continues to search for a solution to the soaring voice and data roaming fees that continue to plague mobile phone users. One idea is for a pan-European wireless broadband area that relies on spectrum white spaces and sharing.
In a move that suggests Turkmenistan could get up to three new mobile operators, the country's president Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow has said local firms and state-owned operator Altyn Asyr should form joint ventures with “leading communications companies worldwide”.
Europe’s telecoms market has reached a “make or break” point and will lag behind if policymakers do not liberalise as much spectrum as is needed, MEP Gunnar Hökmark said at a 1 February public hearing hosted by the European Parliament's Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee.
Following the UK government’s recent Direction on spectrum policy, Ofcom is consulting stakeholders in what appears to be a formality before introducing new rules to allow trading of the three currently-licensed mobile bands and changes to be made to existing 3G licences.
A waiver from US regulator the FCC makes LightSquared’s planned national LTE network more financially feasible as consumers will no longer need to connect via dual satellite/terrestrial devices.
Commercial use of the broadcasting white spaces has come a step closer in the US with the telecoms regulator provisionally appointing nine companies as device database administrators.
MEPs want to get input from those affected by proposed new EU spectrum policies.
What next for mobile TV? Premium
Having sold off the US spectrum it used for mobile broadcasting service FLO TV, wireless technology company Qualcomm is now urging European regulators to harmonise the 1452 - 1479.5 MHz L-band for supplemental mobile downlink. Where does this leave mobile TV?
Although the Chinese backers of the TD-LTE standard predict its main future lies in the developing world, some in the telecoms industry think it also has a bright future in the developed world - alongside the FD-LTE which many MNOs are already committed to.
Reminiscent of Japan, Inc in the 1980s, the Chinese state and its huge majority-owned businesses are working together to make a major impact on the international stage. An excellent case study in the workings of China, Inc is the staggeringly fast development of the TD-LTE standard.
Greece could earn more than €240 million from refarming GSM spectrum, according to a consultation document released by the country's telecoms regulator the Hellenic Telecommunications and Post Commission (EETT).
FCC mandates LTE in 700 Mhz band Premium
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has ordered all public safety mobile broadband networks to use LTE technology in the 700MHz band. According to FCC chairman Julius Genachowski, the move represents a major step toward nationwide interoperability for first responders.