Gotta Cover ’em All: can Pokémon help deliver universal broadband coverage?

Mobile network planning is by now a pretty well established process – operators first roll out coverage to areas where there is a large demand, and then add additional equipment or spectrum in areas where the coverage layer doesn’t provide enough capacity. The initial coverage investment is restricted to where enough people are willing to[…]

Plum Insight: Achieving high quality universal broadband in Europe

High quality broadband connectivity for all is central to the European Union’s Digital Single Market objectives. Yet the concept of high quality universal broadband and its relationship to a universal service obligation which includes broadband is ill-defined. In this Insight we set out an economically rational approach for defining and funding universal broadband. This highlights[…]

PPDR transformation centre

Plum was part of a consortium examining all aspects of Public Protection and Disaster Relief (PPDR) systems under European research programme FP7. Plum was involved in the development of the reference usage scenarios with the aim of identifying the typical current and anticipated future operational scenarios faced by PPDR operatives and the related communications needs,[…]

700 MHz modelling

We undertook a number of modelling studies for Ofcom in 2014-2015, to inform their policy on technical conditions relating to the release of 700 MHz broadcast spectrum for mobile use.  The most likely band-plan involved the user equipment (UE) handsets transmitting at frequencies immediately above the remaining broadcast allocation, with base stations assigned spectrum higher[…]

Potential demand for 420 to 470 MHz spectrum

This study informed Ofcom’s strategic review of UHF spectrum between 420 and 470 MHz.  The band was licensed to a range of  users scattered across the frequencies and was operated in a reverse transmit / receive configuration to band plans deployed in Europe increasing the potential for cross-border interference. The study identified potential demand and[…]

Wi-Fi for Metropolitan Area applications

The study was undertaken to inform on recent developments in Wi-Fi technology and deployments and the potential implications for future spectrum demand.  Extensive analysis of technical developments relating to Wi-Fi, discussions with Wi-Fi service providers and equipment vendors were undertaken to inform the study. The current status of deployments were explored in the UK and[…]

DTT re-planning in Seychelles

The Study was undertaken to update the digital terrestrial television re-planning in the Seychelles, which was undertaken in 2008, to take into account: (i) the need to avoid the use of channels 49-60 which were identified for possible use by cellular mobile services at WRC-12, (ii) the use of DVB-T2 rather than DVB-T and (iii)[…]