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All eyes on Europe’s double D
Sep 20, 2006
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The European Commission (EC) has been feeling its way in the dark as it moves to define a policy for future use of the digital dividend. A tentative position is emerging, but some stakeholders wonder if Commissioners are dreaming. Read more...

Critics unconvinced by FCC “white space” plans
Sep 15, 2006
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The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced plans for unlicensed devices to gain access to the coveted television broadcast spectrum below 900 MHz, but is this anything more than a ploy to appease Congress? Read more...

South Africa aims for 2010 digital kick off
Sep 14, 2006
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The World Cup is driving South African policy makers to quickly define a strategy for digital migration with an unofficial target for dual illumination of the two networks set to begin in 2008. Read more...

Spectrum auctions: beware the minefield
Sep 12, 2006
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Thinking about bidding for one of Ofcom’s upcoming spectrum auctions? Be warned - it is more complex than it looks. Read more...

NextGenTel wins Norway’s 2.3 GHz auction
Sep 08, 2006
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It took a day and 16 rounds to conclude the Norwegian 2.3 GHz auction. NextGenTel made the highest bid forking out EUR 850 000 for its licence to use the frequencies 2301 to 2323 MHz. Read more...

Opinion: Evolution not revolution for Europe’s radio spectrum arrangements
Sep 05, 2006
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Competition is the only way to create spectrum flexibility in Europe and for its broadcasters that means distinguishing between content creation and delivery, argues Professor of Economics Gérard Pogorel. Read more...

Legal ruling gives boost to GSM gateways
Sep 04, 2006
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The UK’s Competition Appeals Tribunal has dismissed claims by the regulator Ofcom that a banned technique used to cut the cost of calling mobile phones breached laws on the use of spectrum. Read more...

PolicyTracker September e-Edition available for download
Sep 04, 2006
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UK readers will be particularly interested in our exclusive report on the result of the GSM gateways case but our top story this month is the mounting pressure to harmonise the digital dividend. Read more...

European Commission steps up pressure over digital dividend
Aug 31, 2006
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Member states are being asked to specify their position on reallocating analogue TV frequencies as opinion shifts towards pan-European co-ordination. Read more...

PMSE spectrum users fear the future
Aug 30, 2006
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Pan-European harmonisation of spectrum for Programme Making and Special Events is not an option, says Ofcom. What then is the future of UK radio mic users post digital switchover? Read more...