Israel, Palestinians sign 3G mobile network agreement

Earlier this year, Israel's Communications Ministry allocated a number of high-speed 4G frequencies


GAZA (Reuters) - Israel and the Palestinian Authority signed an agreement to allow a long-awaited third-generation (3G) mobile network in Gaza and the West Bank, they said on Thursday.

Israel said the decision was made after it concluded a security examination as well as other work with the Communications Ministry.

Under interim peace accords, Israel effectively has final say in allocating radio frequencies in the West Bank, where the Palestinian Authority exercises limited self-rule.

Thailand's telecoms regulator extends 4G auction time

Regulator also plans to hold another auction for two 4G licenses of 900 MHz frequency on Dec. 15


BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's telecoms regulator on Wednesday has extended auction time for two licenses of fourth generation (4G) mobile spectrum after almost 10 hours of bidding that pushed up a combined prices to more than 49 billion baht ($1.37 billion).

Thailand's top mobile operators have bid aggressively to win licenses for bandwidth on the 1800 MHz frequency with base prices of 15.91 billion baht per license.

FCC sets bid prices, application filing dates in airwaves auction

Applications to participate in the reverse auction must be filed in early December


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Friday released opening bid prices for its airwaves auction in a public notice and also set the dates for broadcasters to file applications for the auction.

Turkey's 4G tender outstrips predictions with bids of $4.5 billion

President had urged move straight to 5G, for which technical standards do not yet exist


ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's auction of 4G mobile phone frequencies lured a higher than expected 3.96 billion euros ($4.5 billion) worth of bids, the agency running the process said on Wednesday, showing the appeal of Turkey's youthful and growing market.

The bids from Britain's Vodafone, and Turkish duo Avea and Turkcell, the only three operators in Turkey, will be subject to an approval process before a final decision on allocations is made.

Israel proposes 3G mobile network deal to Palestinians

In the past, Israel has told the Palestinians there were not enough frequencies for 3G


JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel presented a proposal to the Palestinian Authority that could enable the opening of a long-awaited Palestinian 3G mobile network in the occupied West Bank.

Meetings held on Thursday had led to an agreement in principle and hinged on the Palestinians meeting Israeli conditions, said a spokesman for the Communications Ministry. He declined to comment on specific terms.

U.S. FCC rejects T-Mobile request to limit spectrum for Verizon, AT&T

The auction, slated in March, will give first chance since 2008 to buy low-frequency airwaves


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday denied T-Mobile US Inc's request that more airwaves be set aside for smaller wireless companies like itself to bid on during a government auction next year.

The unanimous vote by the five-member commission came after months of T-Mobile's lobbying for stricter limits for AT&T Inc's and Verizon Communications Inc's participation in the auction of prized low-frequency airwaves.

FCC leans against new limits for Verizon, AT&T in 2016 U.S. auction

Decision would end months of speculation and vigorous lobbying by T-Mobile


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. telecoms regulators are leaning toward rejecting a T-Mobile US Inc request that more airwaves be set aside for smaller wireless companies like itself to bid on during a government auction next year, according to people familiar with the matter.

Canada raises more than C$750 million in telecom spectrum auction

Telus Corp emerged as the big winner from the auction


TORONTO (Reuters) - The Canadian government said on Tuesday it had raised C$755.4 million ($627.77 million) in a 2500-megahertz spectrum auction set to boost telecom coverage in rural areas across the vast country.

Telus Corp, one of Canada's three biggest telecom companies, emerged as the big winner from the auction. It paid C$478.8 million for 122 licenses across the country, snagging over 40 percent of the licenses sold through the auction.

FCC to open up valuable airwaves for tech and telecom companies

'Citizens Broadband Radio Service' has been under development since 2012


NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. regulators on Friday voted to open a swath of government-controlled airwaves for commercial use by tech and telecom companies such as Verizon Communications Inc and Google Inc as they seek to meet growing data demands from new wireless devices.

The Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to chalk out a process to allow companies free access to the frequencies in the 3.5 gigahertz band.

Those airwaves' ability to carry heavy data across short distances makes them particularly attractive to companies.

FCC inches toward reforming airwave auction discounts

Most complex and biggest auction yet is expected in 2016


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. regulators are moving forward with plans to change the rules for government airwaves auctions to prevent big companies from tapping a discount program intended for small businesses, according to an FCC official familiar with the matter.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on Monday circulated a so-called "public notice" to the rest of the commissioners, seeking further comments on specific proposals for how to reform a bidding discount program that has recently come under fire, the official said.

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