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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?
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.
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.
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.
IT companies in Ecma International have started work on a standard for personal/portable equipment using the TV white spaces.
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.
Only one mobile operator, 02, is now pursuing the legal action which has blocked the auction of 2.6 Ghz in the UK.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The German Federal Cabinet has unveiled a broadband strategy that includes a compromise on allocation of “digital dividend” spectrum between broadcasters and mobile services.
New ITU-R studies will focus on space communications and time and frequency information from navigation and satellite systems.