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Arrests made in pirated STB operation

The City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Unit (PIPCU) has been involved in a day of action to disrupt the sale of set-top boxes which have been illegally modified to…

Ofcom targets 2020 700 MHz clearance

Ofcom targets 2020 700 MHz clearance

UK comms regulator Ofcom is consulting on proposals to make use of 25 MHz of spectrum in the 700 MHz band – known as the ‘centre gap’ – for mobile…

Italy wants more time to give up 700 MHz band

Italy is seeking more time for broadcasters to give over the 700 MHz frequency band for mobile broadband use. In its opinion on the European Commission’s proposal for the use…

Ofcom: 30 UHD channels via satellite

Ofcom: 30 UHD channels via satellite

UK spectrum regulator Ofcom is examining future demand for satellite bandwidth over the UK in a new Space Spectrum Strategy consultation document issued March 1st (and which closes for comments…

EBU concerned at EC spectrum proposals

European public broadcasting alliance the EBU has expressed concerns as the European Commission unveils its proposals for the future of UHF spectrum. According to the EBU, these proposals place a…

Ofcom: ‘Deregulation of UK production sector risky’

UK comms regulator Ofcom believes that complete deregulation of the UK TV production sector would be uncertain and risky, having undertaken a review of the regulatory framework following a request…

Ofcom to delay mobile spectrum auction

Ofcom looks set to delay the start of its auction for another round of 4G spectrum, after threats of legal action from Telefonica and Hutchison, parent companies of O2 and…

Broadcast Networks Europe welcomes DTT regulatory certainty

Broadcast Networks Europe (BNE) – a trade body for terrestrial broadcast network operators for radio and TV in Europe – has joined other broadcast and satellite bodies in welcoming the…

Dynamic Spectrum Alliance welcomes UHF decision

Dynamic Spectrum Alliance welcomes UHF decision

The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance – a global organisation advocating for laws and regulations that will lead to more efficient and effective spectrum utilisation – has joined a range of satellite…

WRC: ‘Satellite spectrum central to connectivity vision’

WRC: ‘Satellite spectrum central to connectivity vision’

The world’s governments have resoundingly affirmed a clear vision for the importance of many vital and irreplaceable services provided today over satellite. They also agreed on a clear framework for…

EBU welcomes pro-DTT WRC-15 UHF decision

Representatives of over 150 governments attending the ITU’s World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) have taken the decision that UHF spectrum will remain exclusively allocated to terrestrial TV services in ITU ‘Region…

Mobile broadband enabled in 694-790 MHz band

In a move that is suggested will enable mobile and TV equipment manufacturers to benefit from economies of scale, the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15), currently in session 2-27 November,…

No decision on C-band at ITU conclave

Reports from the important ITU WRC 2015 conclave in Geneva say that regulators have not reached a decision on how – or whether – a portion of the C-band wireless…

French 700MHz auction raises €2.796bn

France’s auction of spectrum in the 700MHz band has closed after two days and 11 rounds of bidding. Proceeds totalled €466 million for each block of 5MHz duplex, for a…

French 700 MHz auction set to start

French 700 MHz auction set to start

France’s auction for the allocation of 700 MHz band spectrum will begin on November 16th, with four candidates taking part: Bouygues Telecom, Free Mobile, Orange and SFR. Telecoms regulator ARCEP…