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Report calls for new spectrum auction plan
A new report released by the Federal Communications Commission’s Office of Plans and Policy (OPP) is recommending that the regulator institute parallel auctions, one for voluntarily offered spectrum and another for unassigned airwaves. This recommendation and others were made by Evan Kwerel and John Williams in OPP Working Paper No. 38, A Proposal for a Rapid Transition to Market Allocation of Spectrum, released earlier this month. The paper argues that the FCC’s decision to grant incumbents flexibility in the use of their spectrum isn’t sufficient to ensure a transition to market-based allocations. The report cites several examples in the 300 MHz to 3000 MHz range of where this approach could be used.
Guns, gadgets, girls and GSM
Microcell Telecommunications Inc. has announced the commercial availability of Sony Ericsson’s T68i, the same handset featured in the latest installment of the James Bond 007 spy series, Die Another Day. In addition to all the bells and whistles incorporated in newer handsets, the T68i also offers Bluetooth functionality and allows for picture messaging through the CommuniCam. The Montreal-based operator has also announced that Sony Ericsson’s T300, which offers much of the same features as the T68i, will be commercially available early next year.
Canada’s wireless operators are making a stronger push to develop, sell and support wireless data applications for the business segment, as witnessed by several announcements in the past couple of weeks. Microcell Telecommunications Inc. and Rogers Wireless Inc. unveiled details of agreements relating to fleet management and telematics offerings. While these types of applications aren’t new, they have become significant revenue drivers for wireless operators looking to make a solid business case for wireless data.