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Diplomats, industry players tackle RF spectrum sharing

Posted: 19 Nov 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:RF sharing spectrum? satellite signal? wireless?

Participants at the World Radiocommunication Conference, which ended Friday, were set to conclude an agreement on how to divide RF among satellite operators, mobile phone companies and broadcasters, according to a Reuters report.

Industry and diplomatic sources disclosed that participants in the Geneva conference, which included corporate representatives from AT&T, Boeing, Nortel, Sharp, Intel and Qualcomm, were wrapping up a deal sharing out the spectrum used in wireless and satellite signals.

Sources disclosed that since advanced mobile services are still being developed, and will not require extra spectrum space for several years, there was a reluctance to immediately reallocate frequencies.

The delegates, however, agreed that mobile operators should, in the future, be able to get more of the coveted frequency bands used in TV transmission.

As seen in some nations, when they switch from analog to DTV broadcasting, a large chunk of spectrum will be freed up since digital signals need much less frequency than the older technology does.

Conference chair Francois Rancy said that the best solution would be to identify a set for frequency bands for the next 20 to 30 years in order to make room for next-generation mobile technologies without sacrificing other services.

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