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US bill requires regulators to conduct spectrum inventory Premium

Apr 09, 2009 by Dugie Standeford

Industry has welcomed legislation pending in the US Congress requiring an audit of spectrum managed by the NTIA and FCC, but does it go far enough?

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Indian tribunal rules spectrum must be withdrawn from state telcos Premium

Apr 07, 2009 by Michael Newlands

In a ruling welcomed by private sector mobile operators, India’s Telecom Disputes Settlement And Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) has ruled the government may not give preferential treatment to state-owned operators.

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Final approval for GSM refarming now expected in June Premium

Apr 06, 2009 by Dugie Standeford

EU institutions have moved closer to agreement on allowing deployment of UMTS and other technologies in the 900 MHz GSM band, but it is not yet a done deal.

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DAB: commercial failures matched by national successes Premium

Apr 04, 2009 by Michael Newlands

Despite a blow for commercial DAB in the UK March has seen better news in Europe with both Germany and France introducing legislation to speed up the introduction of the technology.

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Standards work required by FCC whitespace decision gets underway Premium

Apr 01, 2009 by Scott Billquist, Geneva Correspondent

IT companies in Ecma International have started work on a standard for personal/portable equipment using the TV white spaces.

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Deal at last on reforming the GSM Directive Premium

Mar 27, 2009 by Dugie Standeford

EU institutions this week reached tentative agreement which would finally allow the deployment of UMTS and other technologies in the 900 MHz GSM band. UMTS could be given the green light today.

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T-Mobile withdraws from UK 2.6 GHz legal challenge Premium

Mar 26, 2009 by Martin Sims

Only one mobile operator, 02, is now pursuing the legal action which has blocked the auction of 2.6 Ghz in the UK.

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US cognitive white space access: major hurdles still to clear Premium

Mar 25, 2009 by Scott Billquist, Geneva correspondent

Although the rules which allow cognitive access to US TV white space came into effect this month and the companies involved have agreed to set up a database, considerable obstacles remain. Broadcasters have launched an appeal, the mandatory technical standard has yet to be approved and as yet there is no agreed business model for operating the database.

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Swedish mobile operators reach amicable refarming agreement Premium

Mar 23, 2009 by Michael Newlands

Existing 900 Mhz license holders in Sweden have agreed among themselves to give spectrum to Three, which currently only holds 2.1 GHz spectrum. UK operators face an imposed solution unless they agree a similar deal by the end of April.

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28 GHz: spectrum trade a sign of maturing FWA market? Premium

Mar 20, 2009 by Michael Newlands

In the UK’s first trade involving Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) spectrum for several years, Urban WiMax has bought a Greater London 28GHz license from Red-M. This is the last article in a series examining whether liberalisation has helped this band fulfil its potential.

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ICT study and conference for Swedish presidency Premium

Mar 19, 2009 by Martin Sims

Sweden has commissioned a study to identify policy priorities in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) ahead of its presidency of the European Commission, which starts in July 2009.

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German government acts to resolve digital dividend dispute Premium

Mar 17, 2009 by Dugie Standeford

The German Federal Cabinet has unveiled a broadband strategy that includes a compromise on allocation of “digital dividend” spectrum between broadcasters and mobile services.

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ITU participants tee-up new work in the science services Premium

Mar 12, 2009 by Scott Billquist, Geneva Correspondent

New ITU-R studies will focus on space communications and time and frequency information from navigation and satellite systems.

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