Looks like the pot is starting to boil in spectrum allocation again (as if it ever stops!).
This is good news for companies that design wireless products, of course, because it means the market will keep growing. "Which markets?" is the big question but we are getting a few hints by reading various blogs and other sources.
The EU wants to rationalize its spectrum use, presumably to accommodate as many of the new and old technologies as possible. This would make life easier for carriers and reports are that the ever popular 2 GHz, 3 GHz and 5 GHz bands are prime targets for standardization.
A technical overview that may be helpful in understanding at least one way to go about rationalization on a global scale can be found in our latest How To article, A global affair: Solving UWB interference issues
On the other side of the Atlantic, the WiMAX market seems to be a primary interest of U.S. carriers with the newly-merged Sprint/Nextel claiming to own 2 GHz spectrum that accounts for 60% of the population.
Bell South is well positioned in the 2.5-2.6 GHz bands and Clearwire is concentrating on rural America (small towns) and probably owns a lot of 2.6 GHz spectrum in the U.S.
Where is all this headed? In my view, we headed for another burst of economic activity that will also raise the question of how many communications modalities do we really need.