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Giving TV viewers a financial incentive to upgrade to more spectrally efficient set top boxes is gaining influential backers and looking increasingly attractive as a way of getting more services into UHF.
ITU invites proposals for '4G' Premium
This month the Radiocommunication Bureau is due to solicit candidate technologies for IMT-Advanced, popularly known as '4G'
The European Commission has retreated from the idea of mandating policy on analogue TV spectrum release and is now advocating broad political buy-in and detailed impact assessments.
Ofcom’s fourth radio spectrum auction went ahead quietly in February with a large amount of spectrum being sold for comparatively little money.
Liberalising broadcasting frequencies would not generate significant economic value nor provide ubiquitous rural broadband say economists commissioned by TV industry. They also warn of damage to the broadcast sector.
Should we re-invent ourselves? Premium
The European Regulators group, CEPT, is asking whether its role needs to be revised in response to Brussels’ proposal for a pan-European regulator and other developments.
Our top story this month is the UK military's imminent announcement of spectrum release plans.
In the first of two articles our Geneva correspondent Scott Billquist explains how the ITU is building on earlier studies of software defined radio to find ways of fitting cognitive services into the Radio Regulations
The results of the FCC's 700MHz auction are likely to be a 'mess' according to one analyst because it is unlikely to fulfil its original promise of creating the next generation of broadband services.
Ofcom has finalised the framework to allow commercial usage of military frequencies. The Ministry of Defence appears keen to profit from the arrangement, but doubts remain about applying this model to commercial spectrum sharing.
Ultra-wideband technology has finally arrived in the EU following the passing of an official standard, the adoption of enabling legislation by all major member states, and the first product getting certified for the market.
Over a dozen national licences are to be released in the 26GHz band in Ireland this summer with the market deciding the split between point-to-point and point-to-multipoint services.
Companies can see which bands are available for trading and who currently holds the licences using websites developed by the French communications regulator, ARCEP.