Wednesday, August 01, 2007

700 Mhz Spectrum Auction

The most important meeting probably globally regarding the future of wireless communications happened yesterday.
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070731-fcc-sets-700mhz-auction-rules-limited-open-access-no-wholesale-requirement.html

Whilst it probably doesn't mean the start of a whole new breed of communications devices (see another post of mine here http://deancollinsblog.blogspot.com/2007/06/home-brew-startrek-communicator.html ) it will be interesting to see what happens over the next 6 months before bidding starts.

I think the FCC concentrated a little bit too much on voice (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/20060516) as I'd like to see more innovative data services but I guess that's up to the bidders to decide.

It will be interesting to see if Google actually follows through on their bluff now; and how that works out for them as a PR campaign.

Either way interesting times ahead - I know Australia is freeing up their analog spectrum a short time after the USA 2009 time frame so I'm wondering how many other countries will announce similar moves to take advantage of standardisation of equipment (Canada obviously but I also think you might see a consensus in Europe as well - though like always with so many countries jockeying for advantage it will probably take twice as long).

Any thoughts or comments?


Cheers,
Dean
P.S. I think Kevin Martin's use of the two handset example was pure genius. I fully expect that the mobile carriers were about to come out with some swinging rhetoric this week and opening with that just shut them up quickly and cleanly. Good to see government in action sometimes.

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