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Euronews: More 4G Auctions in Europe

Ray Le Maistre
1/2/2014
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Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: KPN develops RCS-based service; security breaches still high on the communications sector agenda.

  • Poland's regulator, the Office of Electronic Communications (UKE), has announced plans for the auction of spectrum in the 800MHz and 2.6GHz bands for LTE. 4G services are already being offered using previously awarded licenses for spectrum in the 1800MHz and 2.6GHz bands. (See Euronews: Dual-Mode LTE Network Goes Live.)

  • Slovenia's Post and Electronic Communications Agency (Apek) has announced the auction of mobile spectrum in the 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2.1GHz, and 2.6GHz bands, with licenses set to be awarded to those that tender the highest bids by the deadline of February 17. See this announcement (in Slovenian) for more. Slovenia has four mobile operators servicing a population of about 2 million.

  • Dutch incumbent operator KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN) is developing its own multimedia messaging service based on the Rich Communication Services (RCS) specifications developed by the GSM Association (GSMA) , according to local media reports. RCS offers mobile operators a way to develop Web-based services that can rival those of the over-the-top (OTT) players such as Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) and WhatsApp Inc.. (See Telus Preps for VoLTE, RCS and Sprint Plots RCS-Laden Path to VoLTE .)

  • The most recent revelations about the data-gathering activities of the US National Security Agency (NSA) focuses on the tapping of the Sea-Me-We 4 (South East Asia-Middle East-West Europe 4) subsea cable, which links Europe to Africa and Asia, according to this AFP report.

  • The latest high-profile digital security scare has come in the form of an attack on Skype by a group called the Syrian Electronic Army, which posted messages on Skype's social media accounts, reports the BBC.

    — Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

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