Radio spectrum auction support

We have extensive experience with the three major allocation and auction issues that regulators and spectrum users are facing in many world markets:

  • the re-allocation of UHF spectrum (resulting from ‘digital dividend’ from the migration of analogue to digital terrestrial television, and auction of 700MHz and 800MHz bands)
  • 2G spectrum re-farming and/or reallocation of 2G spectrum upon licence expiry
  • award of expansion bands for 3G and 4G services such as the frequencies available in the 2.3GHz and 2.6GHz bands. 

Individual regulators are taking a variety of approaches to reallocating and awarding new spectrum and we adapt our approach to the specific strategic objectives of national regulators in different markets. 

For operators, we also offer a range of modelling approaches to determine the relative value of spectrum bands with different characteristics (for example, low frequency spectrum versus high frequency spectrum).

Our in-house radio planning experts are also familiar with using a range of radio prediction tools, thus enabling us to model coverage, capacity and interference effects in different frequency bands, enabling us to consider factors such as those into the valuation of different spectrum. 

Within our Research Division, Analysys Mason’s Spectrum auction tracker provides granular, accurate details and analysis of concluded auctions and planned auctions of mobile and fixed wireless spectrum, reaching back to 2005. 

How we can help you

We provide advice to regulators and operators around the globe to prepare for spectrum auctions.

Support for regulators

For regulators, we advise on allocation options for different frequency bands, strategies for marketing of available licences, valuation of spectrum and reserve price setting, as well as spectrum pricing and strategy for the introduction of secondary market techniques such as trading.

Support for operators

For operators, we advise on spectrum strategy, bid strategy and spectrum valuation, including the three key aspects of value: technical value (cost savings from use of new spectrum within existing networks), commercial (the use of spectrum to deliver new services and expand existing services) and strategic (the value of spectrum to particular bidders relative to competing operators in the market).

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