Licensing of Wireless Technology in Different Countries [4.3.2]

Licensing of Wireless Technology in Different Countries

In Switzerland and France, regulators are preparing a procedure to grant broadband wireless access licences in the 3.5 GHz band.  In Germany, the regulator initiated a consultation proceeding to grant technology-neutral licences in the 3.5 GHz band; however, it explicitly prohibits the provision of mobile services.  BIPT, the Belgium regulator has opened a public consultation for wireless local access, making specific reference to WiMAX.  BIPT is assessing the need for licences within the 3.5 GHz band and proposes opening the 5 GHz band for unlicensed use, in accordance with EU practices.  Finally, in Hong Kong (SAR), the Office of Telecommunications Authority (OFTA) has issued a consultation to introduce a Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) licence,1 which refers to wireless local loop connection of end-users to telecommunications networks for voice, data, and multimedia communications.2  The BWA licences will be technology neutral, thereby allowing any type of standard to render the service, and will allow the operator to provide both mobile and fixed service from January 2008.

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1 OFTA, Licensing Framework for Deployment of Broadband Wireless Access: Analysis of Comments Received, Preliminary Conclusions and Further Consultation, 31 August 2005, at http://www.ofta.gov.hk/en/report-paper-guide/paper/consultation/20050831.pdf.

2 Id., andOFTA press release, OFTA Conducts Further Consultation on Broadband Wireless Access, at http://www.ofta.gov.hk/en/press_rel/2005/Sep_2005_r1.html.

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