Radio spectrum management

There has been a rapid growth in demand for various uses of radio spectrum in recent years, particularly for wireless and mobile broadband services.  However, this growing demand for radio spectrum is not limited to commercial users of the radio spectrum alone, since there are a diverse range of industry sectors that rely upon radio spectrum to manage their day to day operations – Government departments, transport authorities, the Emergency Services and utility companies all use radio spectrum and growth in demand in a number of these sectors is foreseen.  Market developments such as the rise in use of M2M applications will also account for new demands upon radio spectrum. 

From the perspective of spectrum regulators, careful spectrum management is required to ensure that sufficient spectrum is available to support not just the development of the commercial mobile market, but to support the continued operation of critical services such as Government, utility and Emergency Services that use radio spectrum on a daily basis.

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

In light of this, spectrum regulators around the world are placing much greater emphasis on the efficiency with which spectrum is used, and consideration is being given to far more innovative ways to use radio spectrum that has traditionally been considered – making available un-used gaps in spectrum, or ‘white space’ being one key development in this area.

Analysys Mason supports regulators and government bodies on all aspects of spectrum management.  Our extensive track record in spectrum consulting and research, coupled with the technical and commercial know-how of our spectrum experts, has contributed to our global reputation for spectrum management consulting and spectrum-related research. 

Some of the topics we regularly advise on include spectrum strategy, interference analysis, cost-benefit assessment of economic benefit generated by candidate uses of different spectrum bands, deign of licence conditions (including number of licences, spectrum packaging, licence obligations, reserve price and marketing of licences) and 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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