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EC Decision harmonises band for intelligent transport systems Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Michael Newlands

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).

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US follows UK lead on public spectrum Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Dugie Standeford

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.

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Keenly contested Canadian AWS auction brings in €2.7 billion Premium

Aug 14, 2009 by Michael Newlands

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.

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Mobile sector welcomes MEPs digital dividend report Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels Correspondent

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.

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August 2008 printed issue available for download Premium

Dec 23, 2008 by Martin Sims

Our top story this month is the European Parliament’s vote on the review of the Telecoms Directive.

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Will country-wide spectrum analysis revolutionise the wireless industry? Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Michael Newlands

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.

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MEPs call for conference on spectrum policy Premium

Nov 06, 2009 by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels Correspondent

The European Parliament says a major EU conference is needed to stimulate convergence in spectrum policies across the member states.

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Brussels invites tenders for digital dividend study Premium

Jul 17, 2008 by Martin Sims

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.

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WiMAX Forum sets sights on FDD service in 700 MHz Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Scott Billquist, Geneva Correspondent

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.

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Editorial: The people have spoken Premium

Jul 14, 2008 by Martin Sims

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.

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MEPs vote to give themselves more power over spectrum policy Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Martin Sims and Nathalie Vandystadt in Strasbourg

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.

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Non-compliant devices could undermine spectrum liberalization Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Scott Billquist, Geneva Correspondent

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.

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MEPs ready to compromise on European telecoms review Premium

Jan 07, 2009 by Nathalie Vandystadt, Brussels Correspondent

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.

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