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Norwegian DTT network sparks competition concerns
Jul 04, 2006
by Website author

Norway’s protracted debate over the building of a DTT network is over but concerns remain over the Culture Ministry’s role in granting the concession to a consortium part-owned by NRK, the state-funded broadcaster. Read more...

Trading comes to France and Germany (audio available)
Jul 03, 2006
by Website author

Europe is taking an important step towards spectrum liberalisation with Germany and France announcing that they will gradually introduce the ability to independently trade spectrum licences. Read more...

Europe clears way for non-broadcast applications in TV bands
Jun 29, 2006
by Website author

RRC-06 may be criticised as inefficient and outdated, but a declaration agreed towards the end of the proceedings could see European countries forging ahead with non-TV services in the UHF spectrum. Read more...

Commission proposes single European spectrum regulator
Jun 29, 2006
by Website author

The communications framework review - published today - contains familiar proposals, including trading and service and technology neutrality, but the unexpected bombshell is the creation of a pan-European spectrum regulator. Read more...

PolicyTracker July e-Edition available for download
Jun 29, 2006
by Website author

Our theme this month is RRC-06 and there is both good and bad news for those hoping to operate new services in the released analogue TV frequencies. Read more...

GSM soon to be airborne
Jun 28, 2006
by Website author

No major obstacles seem to be barring the inevitable introduction of mobile phone use on aircraft, with all responses to Ofcom’s consultation paper now in post the June 23 deadline. Read more...

Analogue equipment dumping could delay switchover
Jun 22, 2006
by Website author

Digital switchover in parts of Region 1 of the International Telecommunication Union could be delayed if richer countries are not curtailed from dumping analogue equipment in poorer areas. Read more...

RRC-06 plan delivers the goods for broadcasting services
Jun 21, 2006
by Website author

The results of the Regional Radio Conference of 2006 may look ‘promising’ but whether the compromise agreement for flexible use of frequency allocations for non-broadcast purposes goes far enough, remains to be seen. Read more...

Will Ofcom’s spectrum usage rights deliver?
Jun 20, 2006
by Website author

With the closure of its consultation this week, Ofcom edges a step closer to defining spectrum usage rights. Here Australia’s Michael Whittaker explains why he thinks the UK’s communications regulator is barking up the wrong tree. Read more...

Ubiquitous communications possible but not before 2020…
Jun 19, 2006
by Website author

The “Utopian dream” of a fully fledged cognitive network may be possible within fifteen years but not before a complex jigsaw of technical, policy and legal challenges is pieced together. Read more...

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