WRC-15


SES hails WRC-15 decision on C-band

Satellite operator SES has welcomed what it says is a recognition by the just-concluded WRC-15 conference in Geneva of the continued importance of satellite communications by protecting some of the key spectrum used for satellite. The satellite industry had lobbied heavily for protection of C-band capacity in the run up to WRC-15, and the conference […]

WRC-15 safeguards sub-700MHz band for broadcasting in EMEA

European public broadcasters body the EBU has applauded a decision reached at WRC-15 to safeguard the 470-694MHz spectrum band for digital-terrestrial broadcasting in ‘ITU Region 1’ – covering Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Africa, into the next decade. The decision followed pressure by the mobile telecom lobby to bring the 470-694MHz range into play […]

Mobile allocation confirmed for 700 MHz spectrum in Europe

The 700 MHz spectrum-band has been reallocated from broadcast to mobile use in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia, the ITU has confirmed. In a decision made at the currently in-session World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15), the 694-790 MHz frequency band in ITU Region-1 will be allocated to mobile broadband. The International Telecommunication Union […]

CSA sets out conditions for smooth transition from 700MHz

French media regulator the CSA has delivered a favourable opinion – with caveats – on the freeing up of spectrum in the 700MHz band for mobile broadband applications. The CSA said that the reallocation of frequencies necessary to free up 700MHz spectrum would require changes of encoding standard to enable TV services to fit in […]

GSMA calls for ‘timely release’ and further review of UHF spectrum

Mobile industry body the GSMA, has called for a “timely release” of the 700 Mhz band for mobile use, and an accelerated review of the sub-700 Mhz UHF band. The GSMA, which represents mobile operators around the world, called on the European Commission to support requests for release of the 700MHz band for mobile use “preferably […]

CEPT opposes further UHF spectrum reallocation for mobile

Europe’s Conference of Post and Telecommunications Regulators (CEPT) has agreed to oppose the allocation of the 470-694MHz Ultra High Frequency (UHF) band to mobile services. In a statement, the CEPT said it had reached the common position ahead of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)’s WRC-15 Conference in November, where decisions on the future assignment of […]

Germany names bidders for 700MHz as EBU sees signs of support from EC

The German Federal Network Agency, the Bundernetzagentur, has revealed that three companies will take part in the bidding for mobile broadband spectrum due to kick off on May 27. Telefónica Deutschland, Telekom Deutschland – the domestic arm of Deutsche Telekom – and Vodafone will take part in the auction, which will see 270MHz of spectrum […]

Eutelsat chief warns of dire consequences of C-band reallocation

Eutelsat CEO Michel de Rosen has warned African states that they face serious consequences if C-band spectrum is reallocated to mobile operators. De Rosen, speaking at an African Telecommunication Union (ATU) event in Nigeria in preparation for November’s World Radiocommunication Conference in Geneva, said that the C-band is widely used to provide vital services, including […]