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Prospects improve for mobile satellite operators
Aug 02, 2006
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Mobile satellite service (MSS) operators could have their hands on prime spectrum by September providing agreement can be reached on what constitutes 'objective justification' for exclusive use. Read more...

Editoral: Framework Review – not as dramatic as it seems
Jul 31, 2006
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Our printed edition this month focuses on the European Commission’s proposals for making spectrum liberalisation part of the EU Regulatory Framework. Their approach seems radical but masks fundamental differences between member states. Read more...

Spectrum rights: thorn in the side of regulators?
Jul 25, 2006
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Today the UK communications regulator Ofcom acknowledged that more work is needed on the question of Spectrum Usage Rights. Is there anything Europe can learn from the recent furore over rights in New Zealand? Read more...

GSM operators: Commission threatens success of new mobile services
Jul 24, 2006
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Liberalising the IMT-2000 expansion band will fragment the 3G market says the GSMA. No, says Brussels and the WiMAX lobby – UMTS is big enough to look after itself. Here PolicyTracker analyses the key issues. Read more...

Licence-exempt regulation seems to be working fine, says Ofcom
Jul 18, 2006
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Plenty of energy has been expended in recent months investigating the possibilities for licence-exempt spectrum. While studies in Europe reveal that there is no significant demand for it, does it follow that regulation should remain unchanged? Read more...

UWB: Europe’s regulators struggle to agree a way forward
Jul 14, 2006
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Tardy decision making processes are delaying the arrival of UWB products on Europe’s shores. However, with the success of low power transmitters like iTrip perhaps regulators will eventually have to accept that the consumer is king. Read more...

Ofcom to clarify draft wording of spectrum award
Jul 13, 2006
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It has taken over a year but UK super-regulator Ofcom has decided that bar a few changes to the draft text, the award of the bands 412-414 MHz paired with 422-424 MHz will go ahead as planned. Read more...

OPINION: Norway shows member states how to maximise the digital dividend
Jul 12, 2006
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With plans for a digital world in motion post RRC-06, European regulators must now consider licensing procedures that maximise any “digital dividend”. Here two lawyers tell us about Norway’s flexible approach and why it is a good idea… Read more...

EU spectrum agency fails to win support
Jul 07, 2006
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Last week Viviane Reding defied the recommendation made in European Commission’s own impact assessment relating to the review of EU telecoms rules by publicly calling for a pan-EU spectrum agency. Should we be worried that bureaucracy is increasing? Read more...

New 3G licence to boost competition in Norway
Jul 06, 2006
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In a bid to fuel competition, Norway’s Ministry of Transport and Communications has invited interested parties to bid for its fourth 3G licence. Read more...

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