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Jan. 28, 2010

U.K. 4G Spectrum Auction 'Unlikely' for 2010

from ZDNet UK

The auction for spectrum that is needed for the rollout of 4G services in the U.K. is unlikely to happen until 2011, the country's independent spectrum broker has said. The 2.6GHz spectrum auction was originally scheduled for 2008, but was subsequently pushed back to 2009 by a legal challenge from T-Mobile and O2. On Tuesday, independent spectrum broker Kip Meek appointed by the government to find a way through the various disputes blocking the auction said the idea of the auction occurring in 2010 was "a real stretch."  Details.

China Telecom Launches Pre-commercial EV-DO Rev.B Network

from TeleGeography

WCAI member Huawei has announced that it has deployed two CDMA2000 1x EV-DO Rev.B networks in Beijing and Guangzhou for China Telecom. The Rev.B solution will enable the telco to improve capacity, throughput and latency on its existing EV-DO network and offer sophisticated 3G services to its subscribers including VoIP, voice-on-demand and media streaming.  Details.

Softbank Could Get 4G by the Willcom Back Door

from Rethink Wireless

Third placed Japanese cellco Softbank could get its hands on 4G spectrum via a deal to rescue Willcom, holder of a national 2.5GHz license and operator of the low cost PHS (Personal HandyPhone Service) service. Willcom is poised to file for bankruptcy protection in order to turn itself around, with Softbank due to take a major stake in its nascent mobile data business.  Details.

In-Stat Forecasts WiMax Chipset Future

from Going WiMAX

In-Stat released the latest study on the future of the WiMax chipset market, stating that nearly half of the unit market basis will be the chipset market by the year 2013. The equipment sector of the WiMax chipsets include laptops, modems, base stations and possibly a WiMax-enabled smart phone.  Details.

Legislation That Would Lead to Better Understanding of Spectrum Allocation Takes First Step in Congress in U.S.

from Federal Computer Week

A U.S. House subcommittee passed two bills intended to speed the availability of radio spectrum for commercial services. The Spectrum Relocation Improvement Act (H.R. 3019) and the Radio Spectrum Inventory Act (H.R. 3125) were passed to the full House Energy and Commerce Committee on Jan. 21 by the Communications, Technology and the Internet Subcommittee.  Details.

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