The Czech Republic successfully concluded its second attempt to auction off spectrum for the construction of LTE networks, but the market will see no new entrants after both new applicants Revolution Mobile and Sazka Telecommunications decided against competing with the existing three players.
In some European markets, it seems that governments want to have their cake by lining their coffers with the proceeds from this natural resource, and then eat it, too, by castigating operators for slow rollouts and slow mobile broadband speeds. Mobile operators have their faults, for sure, but on the subject of spectrum costs they do seem to have a point.
Europe's operators joined forces this week in a combined effort to lambast recent European Union proposals for a major reform of the sector, instead calling for greater freedom to consolidate and less oversight over issues such as pricing and network technology.
Whatever you may think about the single market proposals put forward by the European Union's digital chief, Neelie Kroes, in September, one proposal does stand out as being potentially beneficial for the industry: the harmonisation spectrum allocation across Europe.
When deciding to move from 3G networks to LTE, operator executives need to build and share an agreed and clear view on how to manage device evolution, customer migration, spectrum refarming, traffic offloading, rural coverage and the timing for VoLTE.
AT&T boosted its spectrum holdings in 18 states by consummating a deal announced last January to acquire 39 lower 700 MHz B Block spectrum licenses from rival Verizon Wireless.
Amazon's alleged trials of Globalstar's terrestrial low-power service (TLPS) are part of a process to get a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking quickly issued for the service and also likely signal Amazon's plans for an in-home media hub, according to the blogger who first broke news of the tests.
The Czech Telecommunication Office, or CTO, said it will make a second attempt to auction spectrum for LTE services later this year, but its proposal to reserve spectrum for a fourth operator has already sparked protests among the three existing operators and it is not clear whether they will take part.
The FCC on Friday voted unanimously to change rules in the 57-64 GHz band, commonly known as the 60 GHz band, that it said will improve the use of unlicensed spectrum for high-capacity, short‑range outdoor backhaul, especially for small cells.
UK telecoms regulator Ofcom launched a consultation on spectrum sharing as it explores various ways of ensuring that mobile and Wi-Fi networks will be able to keep up with the growing appetite for data services in future.