Wednesday, 20 June 2007

Programme-making and special events: future spectrum access | Ofcom

We examine a wide range of options in light of these goals. We believe that the leading options are:

* auctioning the digital interleaved spectrum as proposed in the DDR but with a longer transition period during which the PMSE sector would have guaranteed access; this auction might involve a pre-qualification process designed to ensure that bidders have the skills and expertise to manage the spectrum efficiently, for PMSE use in particular; and
* awarding the digital interleaved spectrum by beauty contest, with criteria designed to ensure a good alignment between the interests of the winner and the PMSE sector; there would also be pricing and incentives to promote efficient use.

Tuesday, 19 June 2007

Spectrum sharing is a tool for growth

Another form of spectrum sharing is to permit a licensee of spectrum to sub-lease a part of the allocated spectrum, either on a temporary or permanent basis, depending upon his own requirements. One way of doing this would be spectrum trading, while another approach could be leasing or franchising. These approaches are followed in several countries as a more evolved spectrum management technique.

Thursday, 14 June 2007

EC proposes TV spectrum for WiMax - ZDNet UK

UHF spectrum should be allocated to WiMax once Europe's analogue television signals are phased out, the European commissioner for information society and media has proposed.

Viviane Reding made the suggestion during a broadband-related speech in Greece at the start of June. Noting that plans were already underway across Europe to open up the 2.6GHz band for mobile broadband usage, which could be WiMax or a variation of 3G, she again called the so-called digital dividend — the freeing up of spectrum brought about by the switch from analogue to digital — a "once-in-a-generation opportunity" to tackle the digital divide.