spectrum

Afghanistan to push for next generation wireless in 2011

The Afghanistan Telecom Regulatory Authority (ATRA) is currently in talks with the country’s four mobile carriers to gather opinion on the allocation of spectrum for next generation services. It is not yet certain whether the regulator will simply allocate spectrum to the operators or whether an auction will take place, however the aim is to have commercial 3G services in Afghanistan by the end of 2011.

Ofcom sets out 4G licensing timeline

UK telecoms regulator, Ofcom, has set out the timeline for the award of 800MHz and 2600MHz spectrum in the UK, which has been set aside for 4G technologies, most likely LTE.

GSMA urges 700MHz harmonisation for Asia Pacific

Mobile industry operator grouping the GSMA has published research suggesting that mobile services could increase the GDP of Asia Pacific nations by $729bn in the next twenty years. The research is part of the GSMA’s bid to persuade governments that the 700MHz spectrum released as the region’s broadcasters switch to digital transmission should be allocated to the mobile industry.

Clearwire auctioning spectrum to raise funds

US 4G operator Clearwire is rumoured to be auctioning off a portion of its wireless spectrum as it aims to raise between $2.5bn and $5bn for expansion of its WiMAX network. Interested parties have been named as AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile USA, Time Warner Cable and Sprint Nextel.

FCC moves to open up ‘white spaces

US regulator the FCC has taken the first steps to opening up the vacant airwaves between TV channels, so called ‘white spaces’. This is the first significant block of spectrum made available for unlicensed use in more than 20 years. The Second Memorandum Opinion and Order adopted this week resolves numerous legal and technical issues, eliminating the requirement that TV bands devices that incorporate geo-location and database access must also include sensing technology to detect the signals of TV stations and low-power auxiliary service stations.

Thailand 3G auction delayed by court

Thailand’s Supreme Administrative Court has upheld a lower court ruling halting the auction of 3G licenses in the country. Last week, state run operator CAT Telecom challenged the auction propsal in court arguing that the Office of the National Telecommunication Commission did not have authority to grant spectrum until the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) – new body – has been established.

Austrian incumbents win LTE spectrum

The Austrian telecoms regulator has concluded the auction of the country’s 2.6GHz spectrum, to be used for LTE deployments, raising €39.5m from the four incumbent operators Telekom Austria, Hutchison, T-Mobile and Orange.

Three bidders in Thai 3G licence auction

The top three local mobile operators in Thailand, AIS, DTAC and True Move, were the only companies to apply to bid in the upcoming 3G spectrum auction. Qualified bidders will be announced on September 15, 2010. Licenses auctioned will be valid for 15 years for 15MHz bandwidth in the 2100MHz band.

Obama plans to free up 500MHz of spectrum

There may be another spectrum auction on the horizon as US president Barack Obama on Monday outlined a plan to free up and release 500MHz of spectrum for wireless broadband.

Making sense of European spectrum auctions

Regulators across Europe are busy this year auctioning spectrum in the 2.6GHz spectrum frequency range as well as other frequencies including the 800MHz Digital Dividend. 800MHz spectrum is clearly of great value to operators as the equivalent US auction demonstrated.

Qualcomm to bid for Indian spectrum

US chip shop Qualcomm has confirmed its intention to bid in India’s upcoming auction for Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) spectrum.

Optus to boost 3G spectrum in Oz

Australian carrier Optus intends to double the amount of available 3G spectrum it owns in the country’s capital cities, by buying licenses from US chip vendor Qualcomm.

India’s spectrum auction delays cost country dear

Amid concerns that India’ auction of 3G spectrum may be delayed yet again, the WiMAX Forum has said that every six months of delay in the process results in $1bn in lost revenues for the country.

Denmark to auction 4G spectrum

Denmark this week got the auction process for its 2.5GHz spectrum underway, with the National IT and Telecom Agency (NITA) announcing a public consultation on the auction.

Dolly loses white spaces battle

Country and western singer Dolly Parton has lost her battle to keep internet service providers out of the spectrum used to buffer commercial TV and radio transmissions – the so called ‘white spaces’. On Tuesday, US communications regulator the FCC published rules allowing “sophisticated wireless devices” to operate in broadcast TV spectrum on an unlicensed […]

Moto demos LTE in 700MHz

Troubled kit maker Motorola claimed it has completed the industry’s first over the air LTE data session using 700MHz spectrum on Monday. The tests were carried out using Moto’s LTE Radio Access Test Network and LTE eNode-B platform with a prototype LTE device at an outdoor location in central Illinois, US. The sessions included mobile […]

FCC revisits D block sell off plan

US communications regulator the FCC is once again considering the auction of the troublesome ‘D block’ of 700MHz spectrum, which will form the foundation for a much needed nationwide public safety network. Because the D Block did not meet its $1.3bn reserve price in the 700MHz spectrum auction held in early 2008, the FCC sought […]

WiMAX and LTE set to battle over US D block

US communications regulator the FCC is to take another crack at auctioning off the so called ‘D block’ of 700MHz spectrum, with FCC chairman Kevin Martin proposing new and more attractive conditions. Earlier this year, the D block was one of eight licences that remained unsold after failing to meet its reserve price of $1.3bn […]

WiMAX backers applaud EC decision on 2.6GHz band

Industry association the WiMAX Forum has welcomed a recent decision by the European Commission to allow regulators to be flexible in the amount of FDD (paired) and TDD (unpaired) spectrum they award in the 2.6GHz frequency band. The EC decision is a significant one for the WiMAX community as it is a move away from […]

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