Radio spectrum auction support

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

  • the re-allocation of UHF spectrum (resulting from ‘digital dividend’ from the migration of analogue to digital terrestrial television, and auction of 700MHz/800MHz bands)
  • 2G spectrum refarming and/or re-allocating when licences expire
  • 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 re-allocating and awarding new spectrum and we adapt our approach to the specific strategic objectives of national regulators in different countries. 

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 familiar with using a range of radio prediction tools, thus enabling us to model coverage, capacity and interference effects in different frequency bands, and consider thesefactors in the valuation of 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 regulators and operators worldwide with advice on preparing for spectrum auctions.

Support for regulators

For regulators, we advise on allocation options for different frequency bands, strategies for marketing available licences, valuation of spectrum and reserve price setting, as well as spectrum pricing and strategy for 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, which are technical (cost savings from using 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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