Accelerating the Introduction of Spectrum Sharing Using Market-Based Mechanisms
8 Pages Posted: 12 Jul 2016 Last revised: 2 May 2017
Date Written: June 1, 2016
Spectrum management needs to be effective, in that spectrum must be allocated to the right uses, and efficient, in that spectrum must be assigned to those that value it the most. Technological advances and demands for further spectrum availability from mobile broadband operators (among others) require spectrum management to timely and firmly incorporate schemes to increase the technical efficiency of spectrum utilisation. One such scheme is spectrum sharing which has the potential to result in higher spectrum utilisation and greater spectrum value. In such context allocation and assignment, two critical functions to manage the spectrum, are also discussed. It is argued that in the course of deciding about allocation and assignment of spectrum, a spectrum authority can and should include market-based mechanisms that incentivise incumbents to share spectrum needed by entrants.
Keywords: Spectrum management, spectrum sharing, ICT, General Purpose Technologies, licensed shared access, unlicensed spectrum.
JEL Classification: L96
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