The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) which concluded last week has identified a number of additional spectrum bands for mobile broadband. The main frequencies are the 1427-1518 MHz and 3400-3600 MHz bands. Of these, the 1427-1518 MHz (commonly known as L-band) is harmonised across all three ITU regions and offers significant[…]
As part of the UK Spectrum Strategy published by DCMS in March 2014, an expert panel was established to make recommendations on incorporating social value into spectrum allocation decisions. Tony Lavender of Plum was a member of the expert panel which has now published its report. The report can be found here.
Brian Williamson participated in a panel discussion at CEPS on platforms. The seminar aimed to answer two key questions: what is a platform, and is specific regulation necessary for online platforms? The panel discussed definitions of platforms, the dynamics of online markets and whether existing competition rules are adequate. More information on the conference can[…]
Brian Williamson spoke about telecoms regulation at the Great Telco Debate in London. Brian questioned whether we had the right framework for regulating the digital world. He concluded that the appropriate regulation should allow the apps-driven digitisation of the ‘offline’ economy and encourage network innovation and transition. Brian’s presentation can be accessed below.
At the GSMA/Huawei Mobile Broadband (MBB) event in Hong Kong Tony Lavender took part in a panel session on network development and spectrum in Asia. Tony’s input concentrated on the report Plum recently produced for the GSMA on the use of C-Band spectrum in London and Shenzhen. The report shows that while protecting the incumbent[…]
Tony Lavender chaired an event hosted at the European Commission Pavilion at the Milan Expo on 25th October. The theme was innovation in the digital single market in Europe and the first Licenced Shared Access (LSA) trial, which is taking place in the 2.3 GHz band in Italy. In addition to speeches from Roberto Viola,[…]
The UK Spectrum Policy Forum commissioned a study from Plum Consulting to assess spectrum sharing in general and the Licensed Shared Access (LSA) mechanism, and make proposals for the most acceptable specification for LSA for the UK. Based on the outcome of Plum’s research and stakeholder interviews, the paper considers and makes the following recommendations[…]
At the 2015 Latin Americas Spectrum Management Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Tim Miller took part in a panel discussion on how spectrum use could be used more efficiency across the Latin American region. The discussion centred around how spectrum sharing can lead to more efficient outcomes, and also how existing spectrum allocations can be adjusted[…]
Val Jervis spoke at the 1st Energise Workshop on communication infrastructure strategies for Smart Grid applications. The aim of the 1st ENERGISE workshop was to gather smart grid experts from NRAs, national ministries and industry associations in Europe. Val’s presentation addressed the challenges of collaboration between utilities and telecommunication operators, what the communications requirements are[…]
Tony Lavender spoke at the UK Spectrum Policy Forum Cluster 2 on Public-Private sharing. Tony’s presentation introduced the basics of spectrum sharing from a technical, economic and regulatory perspective and highlighted the key issues that arise in public-private spectrum sharing. This presentation builds on the study Plum is currently doing for the UK Spectrum Forum[…]