France's Bouygues Telecom has been given the go-ahead to refarm 1800Mhz spectrum - the band used by the iPhone 5.
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Singapore telco says it will be repurposing its 2G 1800MHz spectrum for 4G services and has chosen Nokia Siemens Network for the project.
The reuse of 2G spectrum for 3G services, finally allowed by Ofcom as of Thursday, should mean better broadband availability in rural areas and inside buildings
Everything Everywhere, the company formed from the merged operations of T-Mobile UK and Orange UK, has dropped a legal threat against the refarming of 2G spectrum for 3G services.The European Commission and Ofcom are keen to allow spectrum in the 900MHz band, currently used only for GSM voice and text services, to be refarmed for 3G data use.
O2 has been blocked from using its 2G spectrum to deliver 3G services, because certain EU regulations have not yet come into effect in the UK.Last week, the Competition Tribunal gave its verdict in O2's appeal case against Ofcom, which had turned down an application to let O2 use its GSM spectrum for mobile broadband.
The European Commission has announced agreement over the issue of 'spectrum refarming', which could let operators run rural mobile broadband services more economically
Oh to be a fly on the wall... Lord Carter, of Digital Britain fame, has summoned all the mobile operators to a series of meetings, to be chaired by Broadband Stakeholder Group chief Kip Meek.
European Commission grants mobile operators their wish by proposing the 'refarming' of the 2G spectrum for 3G services
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