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The Austrian Regulatory Authority for Broadcasting and Telecommunications (RTR) has completed its auction of frequencies in the 2.6 GHz band. The total proceeds from the auction came to €39.53 million - less than the amount generated in the Danish 2.6 GHz auction, but more than the Dutch auction and far exceeding the overall minimum bid amount of €7.4 million.
The European Commission’s first multi-year radio spectrum policy programme calls for mandatory refarming of the 900/1800 MHz GSM band by 2012, release of the 800 MHz digital dividend band by 2013, an inventory of existing spectrum uses, and a stronger EU voice in international negotiations.
Thailand’s long-delayed 2.1 GHz auction, which was due to start this morning, has been hit by a last minute legal hitch. The earliest it could now kick off is Saturday 25 September, or it could go on hold indefinitely.
As part of its refarming of what was GSM-only spectrum for service and technology neutral licensing, Denmark’s telecoms regulator will auction off reclaimed 900 and 1800 MHz spectrum next month.
US utilities are starting to show interest in using spectrum from legacy paging licences for smart grids. According to Full Spectrum chief executive Stewart Kantor, their European counterparts would do well to follow.
The Thai telecoms regulator is gearing up for the country’s long-delayed 3G auction on September 20, although a last-minute application for a court injunction by state-owned CAT Telecom could still cause a hitch.
A trial broadband network for a US hospital is the world’s first white space network for healthcare providers and it also sees the first use of WiMAX technology in white space spectrum.
Although refarming of 2G frequencies for 3G use has run up against delays and threats of legal action in the UK and elsewhere, African countries have been quick to realise the benefits and UMTS 900 networks are now being rolled out.
Poland has become the fourth country with a commercial LTE launch and the first in the world to use the 1800 MHz band for 4G services. TeliaSonera has commercially launched LTE in Norway, Sweden and Uzbekistan at 2.6 GHz.
Singapore’s telecoms regulator, the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), has published a set of auction rules and put back the auction date for a second batch of 3G spectrum by one month to November 15.
Slovenian regulator APEK has begun negotiations with the Austrian regulator on infrastructure sharing, according to the GSM Association.
An October ITU treaty conference may update the intergovernmental organisation's basic mandate on use of frequencies above 3000 GHz, cybersecurity, radiocommunication services and elected leadership.
Following a period of uncertainty after Mexico’s recent PCS and AWS spectrum auction, regulator Cofetel has confirmed the results despite vigorous opposition from incumbents and various politicians seeking to have the auction overturned.