Radio spectrum management

The demand for various uses of radio spectrum has increased, particularly for wireless and mobile broadband services. And this increased demand is not limited to commercial users of the radio spectrum.

A diverse range of industry sectors rely on radio spectrum to manage their day-to-day operations. Government departments, transport authorities, the emergency services and utility companies all use radio spectrum and it expected that demand will grow in several of these sectors. 

Market developments such as the rise in use of M2M applications also account for new demands on radio spectrum. 

We recognise that careful spectrum management is required to ensure that sufficient spectrum is available to support not only the development of the commercial mobile market, but to support the continued operation of critical emergency and government services.

Spectrum is a finite resource and allocating more spectrum for some services inevitably requires consideration of re-allocation of spectrum from other uses, which can cause disruption and cost.  

As a result, regulators around the world are placing much greater emphasis on the efficiency with which spectrum is used, and are exploring innovative ways to use radio spectrum – making available un-used spectrum gaps (‘white space’) is a key development in this area.

How we can help you

Our extensive track record in spectrum consulting and research has helped clients around the world on a range of issues and topics including:  

  • spectrum strategy
  • interference analysis
  • cost-benefit assessment of candidate uses of different spectrum bands
  • design of licence conditions (including number of licences, spectrum packaging, licence obligations, reserve price and marketing of licences)
  • support with auction processes.

We also provide spectrum consultation support including review of regulatory consultations, assessment of optimal response strategies and development of economic and technical arguments to support consultation responses. 

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