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The Swiss telecom authority is entertaining comments regarding spectrum allocation in order to decide on how to license certain broadband wireless spectrum: The 3.5 GHz and 5.7 GHz bands are to be licensed for use by wireless local loop as well as mobile and fixed broadband access, including WiMax. The German regulator also recently began considering the issue. One of the biggest issues with opening up spectrum in Europe that could be used for WiMax will be the restrictions users might have. Historically, European operators have been very specific about precisely which technologies can be used in certain frequencies. Also, countries so far seem to vary on whether they will allow spectrum users to deploy mobile networks for fear of competition with the 3G operators that hold a lot of weight and spent billions on spectrum licenses.
Posted by nancyg at April 5, 2005 12:40 PM
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