Companies undertaking a strategic review of their spectrum holdings and requirements should pay particular attention to developments in Whitehall. The Ministry of Defence (MoD), with rights to 35% of UK spectrum assets, will be required to manage its holdings in a transparent, efficient (read band sharing) and commercial manner, with important spectrum to be released as early as 2010. This is likely to impact the UK spectrum market significantly. In practical terms, it means that the MoD will be using market-based mechanisms to manage its spectrum assets, in parallel it will become an active market participant, procuring spectrum for its own needs.Read more ›
The expansion of Middle Eastern mobile operators into new markets became commonplace in the late 1990s and, in 2007, showed no signs of abating. Massive deals were still spurred by booming stock markets allowing, most recently, the likes of Saudi Telecom to expand regionally – and into the CEPT’s sphere – with the proposed purchase of a slice of the Oger empire and with it Turkish mobile assets.Read more ›
The power centre from which decisions about spectrum policy are made has shifted in Europe, and there are shifts underway in the rest of the world too. Last year, national governments in Europe asked the European Commission to figure out whether it could divide the tranche of spectrum that has been made available for mobile satellite service around 2 GHz. In Africa, members of the Southern Africa Transport and Communications Commission (SATCC) have cast doubt on their continued support for pan-African policymaking by suspending their support for the African Telecommunication Union with plans to forge their own way. In the Middle East, those countries with the biggest wireless – not always from big countries – carriers are emerging as those with the most sway in matters of spectrum policy.Read more ›
Hurricane Katrina had a devastating impact on the Gulf Coast region of the USA, including its communications networks. Every sector of the communications industry was impacted by the storm. The Panel observed that most of the region’s communications infrastructure fared fairly well through the storm’s extreme wind and rain. However, the unique conditions that followed Katrina- substantial flooding, widespread, extended power outages, and serious security issues- led to damaging or disrupting communications service to a huge geographic area for a prolonged period of time.Read more ›
Among the most discreetly managed satellite industry innovations of 2005 was Bermuda’s emergence as a jurisdiction in which to establish a satellite business. As US FCC policies have driven companies off shore, and as ambiguities surrounding UK satellite policy and European processes have created trepidation among some companies, Bermuda is quietly developing a world-class satellite industry that has made it a player in both North America and Europe.
After filing for its first satellite network, BermudaSat-1, to provide broadcast services over the United States from the end of this decade, the Government of Bermuda has put its weight behind development of another pillar of its already world-class economy. It has met with a success that is a function of much more than the island’s location as a glamorous meeting and travel venue. And its position (both geographical and cultural) between the United States and Europe has allowed it to develop quickly into the first foreign port of call for the US and UK satellite industry.Read more ›