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France launches LTE spectrum auction

The French auction for LTE spectrum is now imminent after French digital economy minister Éric Besson signed a decree launching the tender for operators to submit their bids, The process will begin in the coming days, French newspaper Le Monde reported, once the announcement is published in an official gazette. Operators will have until September to submit their bids.

Telstra boss: up to 5GHz to be used for mobile broadband

Frequencies as high as 5GHz could be allocated for mobile broadband, according to Brian Miller, general manager of Australian telco Telstra. The comments were made during Miller’s speech at the Radcomms 2011 conference in Sydney, according to a report from local publication Australian IT.

Eight core LTE bands emerging as most popular for LTE launches

Research undertaken by Informa indicates that, when it comes to LTE launches, eight core bands are emerging as the most popular choices for initial rollouts. In a survey of 150 operators and 50 national regulators, Informa found that these core bands are concentrated around the 700-800MHz, 1800-2100MHz and 2500-2600MHz bands. More than half of the mobile operators surveyed said they were planning to launch LTE in the 2.6GHz band initially.

EU agrees technical rules for using LTE devices on GSM frequencies

The European Commission has agreed technical rules for how the opening up of spectrum in the 900MHz and 1800MHz bands should take place. The rules are designed to avoid interference between 4G and existing 3G and GSM devices and, according to the Commission, must be implemented by member states before the end of this year.
The rules put in place a mechanism for the adoption of technical harmonisation rules that will allow GSM bands to be made available for LTE and WiMAX systems. Under EU telecoms regulations, member states have already had to examine competition between operators and address “any distortions of competition.”

EU and US agree on ICT trade principles

The EU and US government have shaken hands on an agreement to jointly support and promote ICT trade principles between the two blocs. As part of the agreement, ten principles have been agreed on, with the aim of making it easier for IT businesses in Europe and American to compete for contracts globally.

Cell C secures additional spectrum

South Africa’s third cellular operator, Cell C, has had its application for additional spectrum in the 2100MHz band approved. The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) approved the application in January but the carrier only went public with the news yesterday.

Spectrum trading now available in UK mobile market

UK regulator Ofcom has published its proposals for the introduction of spectrum trading in the UK mobile market. The guidelines allow for trading of all 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2100MHz spectrum. This will be the first time that UK operators have been allowed to transfer their spectrum assets to one another, and Ofcom will act as the administrator for all transactions.

Lightsquared faces setback as Government agencies call for interference review

Hopeful US market debutante Lightsquared, which is aiming to deploy a combination of LTE and Satellite wireless services on a purely wholesale basis, faces an obstacle to deployment as a number of US governmental agencies have aired concerns that the modification of its licence to allow for terrestrial as well as satellite offerings will cause interference with existing services.

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.

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