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BT battles to keep Openreach amid growing regulatory pressure

As the clamour for BT to be forced to spin off its wholesale broadband division – Openreach – in the light of its proposed move back into the mobile network business, BT has found an unlikely ally in Virgin Media. According to an FT report the two sent a joint letter to Ofcom, inevitably arguing that opening up the UK broadband market will be bad for consumers.

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Uncertainty and risk: the results of spectrum renewal by auction

The use of auctions for spectrum renewal seems pointless and likely only to create uncertainty and risk for operators, says Graham Friend, managing director at Coleago Consulting. New entrants know they are likely to be outbid by incumbents and the uncertainty generated dampens the desire of those incumbents to invest and innovate, which is not good at a time when governments want to see a rapid and extensive roll-out of LTE.

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EC “in a muddle” over single market rules

A telecoms consultancy has identified discrepancies in the European Commission’s plans to create a single European telecoms market, lending credence to fears voiced by EU mobile operators.

Is the clock ticking?

Is time is running out for the Combinatorial Clock Auction format?

Earlier this month, I attended the Spectrum Management Forum 2012 in Munich and was interested to hear several presenters criticise the Combinatorial Clock Auction (CCA) format. The CCA format which has clock and supplementary rounds where bidders bid on indivisible packages of spectrum and where prices paid are determined by a second price rule has in the last few years found increasing favour by many governments for spectrum auctions. Under the second price rule, the price a winner of a particular package pays for its spectrum is determined entirely by competitors’ bids.

The page on Apple's website outlining the iPhone 5's LTE band compatibility

Apple limits support for European LTE bands

Only one of the three spectrum bands supported by the European version of Apple’s iPhone 5 is a European LTE band; a decision described by one industry consultancy as “really odd”.

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