Category Archives: WiMax

Ofcom issue revised penalty guidelines

Ofcom today issued revised guidelines on the penalties they may impose on those breaching rules policed by Ofcom. The new guidelines replace prior guidelines dating from 2003 and apply to a rag-bag of over 40 potential contraventions, although significantly not … Continue reading

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Ofcom start consultation on technical licence conditions for 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz spectrum auctions

Ofcom today published a consultation on technical licence conditions for 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz UK spectrum auctions, due to take place in 2012. This follows their earlier general consultation on the auctions. Responses are due by 28 July. Ofcom … Continue reading

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EU Telecoms Ministers approve WRC-12 plan but disagree with Parliament on Radio Spectrum Policy Programme

European processes can seem labyrinthine, even to insiders. Whilst normal EU legislative processes are just about understandable, decisions and processes relating to spectrum are even more impenetrable than other processes as the EU doesn’t have exclusive competency – instead it … Continue reading

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European privacy body’s opinion on geolocation services on smartphones

Regular readers will recall the curious case of Mr Spitz and his surprise at the amount of data his mobile phone company retained about his whereabouts, whilst Apple has recently come in for its fair share of opprobrium for collecting location … Continue reading

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Significance of mobile data growth

Whilst this blog often picks up on topical news, sometimes I am prompted to reflect on some of the meta-themes that provide the context for day-to-day news. I have recently been thinking about the issues facing the mobile telecoms industry over the medium term and it … Continue reading

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UK Parliament launches inquiry into spectrum

The UK system of government and regulation can sometimes be confusing, with the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee of the House of Commons this week announcing an inquiry into the use of spectrum in the UK and issuing a … Continue reading

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European Commission tries to marshal stakeholders for World Radiocommunications Conference 2012

The European Commission published on 6 April a Communication on policy objectives for the International Telecommunications Union World Radiocommunications Conference 2012 (WRC 12). WRC 12 is the next quadrennial meeting of governments and other stakeholders to coordinate international spectrum policy and to update the Radio Regulations. … Continue reading

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Spectrum, broadband, customer switching and online piracy Ofcom’s telecoms priorities for 2011/12

I hope all readers noticed the date for Friday’s blog post (taken down on 2 April) and are not planning on bidding in the teleportation spectrum auction. Avoiding the obvious pitfall of announcing anything serious on 1 April, Ofcom today … Continue reading

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UK to auction 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz spectrum in 2012

Ofcom yesterday started a consultation on the rules for a proposed auction of 250 MHz  of spectrum in the 800 MHz (aka ‘digital dividend’) band and 2.6 GHz band in the first half of 2012. This is equivalent to 75% of existing mobile … Continue reading

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Rise of social media means that successful converged services must appeal to early adopters

Today saw the launch of the sixth Olswang Convergence Survey: ‘Does it add up’. I may now be able to see rather more of the authors, John Enser and Matt Phillips, as its preparation has consumed their every waking hour over … Continue reading

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