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

Reuters

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

Reuters

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

Reuters

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

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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

Reuters

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

Reuters

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

Reuters

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.

The Challenge of Connectivity for the Internet of Things

IET President is among the experts who argue that MNOs need to rethink their strategy if they wish to succeed

LONDON – At this week’s 'IoT Nexus' conference, mobile operators will consider whether they are prepared to meet the rising demand for IoT-enabled services. IET President William Webb is among the experts who would argue that MNOs need to rethink their strategy if they wish to succeed.

EU bets on 5G to catch up in mobile technology race

Remains to be seen exactly what 5G will do that current 4G gear cannot

Reuters

BRUSSELS/BARCELONA (Reuters) - The European Union is looking to sign agreements with China and Japan and the United States to cooperate on developing the next generation of mobile broadband as it seeks to help its companies catch up in the race to develop such technologies.

Europe, once a leader in the 1990s in the second-generation GSM technology standard for mobile phone networks moving into the digital era, has fallen behind the United States, Japan and South Korea in the deployment of the latest 4G standard for mobile broadband services.

T-Mobile and AT&T encourage FCC to revisit spectrum bidding rules

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - T-Mobile's chief executive on Wednesday called the recent U.S. auction of airwaves "a disaster" for American consumers as he took aim at rules that allowed Dish Network Corp to partner with companies that may qualify for some $13 billion in discounts.

Satellite provider Dish and biggest U.S. wireless carriers Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc won most of the licenses in the record-breaking $45 billion auction of spectrum that ended last month.

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