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CEPT 'white space' report leaves cognitive radio issues unresolved Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Michael Newlands

A European regulators study group has completed its report on using the interleaved or white space spectrum between digital broadcasts. While this makes several recommendations it says further work is needed.

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Today’s EU telecoms council expected to make decision on digital dividend Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels Correspondent

While EU telecoms ministers will only hear progress reports on the review of the framework directive more significant developments are expected on digital switchover policy.

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Delay in 2.6GHz auction another battle in WiMAX wars? Premium

Mar 26, 2009 by Michael Newlands

Ofcom has postponed the sale of this key WiMAX and 3G band pending the outcome of legal action by mobile operators T-Mobile and O2

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Enthusiastic welcome from those in the know Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Dugie Standeford

The select group of companies with a keen interest in using military spectrum have welcomed the UK Ministry of Defence’s liberalisation initiative. However, for most firms their main focus of interest is elsewhere.

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Healthcare and transport are the big upcoming regulatory issues says Ofcom Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Dugie Standeford

It is health services and the transport sector that will be transformed by wireless technologies over the next decade says the UK regulator, not the communications industry

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Opinion: Changing the regulatory paradigm Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Christoph Legutko

Spectrum needs to be viewed as just another infrastructure asset in a technology and service neutral environment, argues Christoph Legutko, particularly when dealing with the digital dividend.

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UK military proposes ‘leading edge’ spectrum release plan Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Dugie Standeford

The Ministry of Defence expects to begin freeing up military frequencies for commercial use next spring. First in line will be the 406.1- 430MHz band, but as many as 186 bands could eventually be audited for potential trading.

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June 2008 printed issue available for download Premium

Dec 23, 2008 by Martin Sims

This month we reflect on the significance of Europe's first major spectrum auctions this year: 2.6GHz in Sweden and L-band in the UK.

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Manufacturers enter European spectrum market Premium

May 30, 2008 by Martin Sims

The two major auctions in Sweden and the UK this month have seen Intel and Qualcomm buy spectrum in order to stimulate the development of their products. Is this the start of a new trend?

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Mobile satellite services win backing of European Parliament Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels Correspondent

A compromise designed to guarantee rural access for EU-wide mobile satellite services in 2GHz has won the overwhelming backing of MEPs.

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First SUR auction 'a success’ despite industry fears Premium

Dec 23, 2008 by Martin Sims

Ofcom say they are pleased with the results of the L-Band auction even though major players in the UK market had urged them not to use the new technology-neutral licenses known as SURs.

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95 billion euro boost from reallocating quarter of TV band Premium

May 20, 2008 by Martin Sims

Another consultants report argues that mobile access to the digital dividend would bring significant economic benefits. The latest analysis claims the benefit would come mainly from broadband data access using laptops and high-end handsets.

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Qualcomm buys the whole of L-Band in the UK Premium

May 16, 2008 by Martin Sims

The US-based wireless technology company, Qualcomm, has bought all 17 lots in the UK’s 1452-1492 MHz auction for a total of £8,334,000 (10.7 million euros). The auction took five days and ended after 32 rounds.

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