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A new EC decision published this week has harmonised spectrum in the 5875 to 5905M Hz band across the EU for use by Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS).
The US government has unveiled an ambitious strategy for managing federal spectrum that could ultimately include sharing, trading and the payment of user fees. But experts wonder whether it will ever be put into practice.
What may be Canada’s most successful spectrum auction from the point of view of both contribution to government coffers and new market entrants came to an end this week.
The Toia report is a big step forward says GSMA but the task now is to convince member states. Although the report has won the support of the Industry Committee the full Parliament won't vote on it until September.
Our top story this month is the European Parliament’s vote on the review of the Telecoms Directive.
A new study by Ofcom means the UK regulator should shortly have its first picture of exactly how spectrum is being used in most of the country. This has huge implications, according to the system designers.
The European Parliament says a major EU conference is needed to stimulate convergence in spectrum policies across the member states.
The European Commission is inviting bids for a research project which will examine progress towards digital switchover in the member states and propose a roadmap for co-ordinating the released frequencies.
Having warmly welcomed the EC decision on generic WAPECs licensing WiMAX companies are now looking to overcome regulatory fears and clear the way for services in the UHF bands.
For the first time MEPs have demanded control over the specifics of spectrum policy. Whether or not their proposals become law, this seems to mark a new era of increasing political intervention.
The European Parliament’s Industry Committee has voted to give MEPs the ability to veto the Commission’s power to identify bands for harmonisation, secondary trading or service neutrality.
Could the large numbers of cheap devices not complying with the R&TTE Directive weaken the industry trust needed to implement spectrum flexibility? Scott Billquist investigates solutions proposed by policy-makers reviewing the directive.
This Monday (7 July) the European Parliament's industry committee will vote on the 1200 amendments to the Commission’s proposals for the review of the telecoms framework package.