Plum has recently undertaken a detailed review of Multi-Operator Core Network (MOCN) technology, with assessment on commercial and economic efficiencies and regulatory policies. MOCN brings incremental benefits over Multi-Operator Radio Access Network (MORAN) technology in that, additionally, MOCN enables spectrum sharing. With ongoing traffic demands towards 4.5/5G, we believe that MOCN technology and spectrum sharing[…]
Plum was engaged by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to review the current taxes for the Ka (17.3-51.4 GHz) spectrum band, and to investigate how existing taxation arrangements could be improved. Plum concluded that the Ka band was unlikely to become congested in the near future, and that many frequency bands have witnessed[…]
This report presents the findings of a study that has been commissioned for the UK Spectrum Policy Forum to assess the current and future use of frequency bands which may be used by licence exempt wireless applications in the UK and Europe (hereafter referred to as “licence exempt frequency bands”).
This study for the GSMA demonstrates the gathering global momentum around adoption of 1.4/1.5 GHz band for IMT services in the run up to WRC-15. The 1.4/1.5 GHz band is of value to IMT services because it provides much needed capacity to support traffic growth and has propagation characteristics that support better rural and in-building[…]
On 29th May 2015 Ofcom published its statement on “Variation of the Spectrum Access licence for 1452-1492 MHz…” This decision changes the use of the 1452-1492 MHz band in the UK from DAB to Supplemental Down Link (SDL). SDL is a means of boosting mobile broadband downlink capacity using a unidirectional carrier aggregated with a[…]
Plum supported Ofcom in its review of administered incentive pricing (AIP) fees in the frequency bands licensed for fixed links, permanent earth stations (PES) and transportable earth stations (TES). Plum advised on a pricing structure and price levels that would incentivise economically efficient use of radio spectrum.
Plum and Aegis advised the IDA on technical, pricing and other assignment approaches for addressing congestion issues in the 400 MHz and 800 MHz bands used to deploy trunked radio systems (TRS) and private mobile radio (PMR) networks in Singapore. The study examined the likely development of standards and availability of equipment for PMR and[…]
This paper discusses a new approach to spectrum sharing being developed in Europe and the USA. To date sharing of bands has been undertaken on a hierarchical basis with the incumbent use having priority over new uses. This does not provide some potential new users, and in particular wireless broadband operators, with the quality of[…]
Today the European Commission published the findings of a study by Plum and Farncombe on broadcast-broadband convergence. The report considers three questions: How will audio-visual (AV) consumption in the European Union change over the next 15 years? How will broadcast-broadband services develop in that period? Is there merit in moving to a converged platform in[…]
Plum led a 12 month study, working with Farncombe, to assess the options for future use of UHF spectrum in the EU – with a focus on the case for and against a converged mobile/DTT platform. The study involved: Wide consultation with, and three workshops for, industry players A detailed assessment of how audio-visual services[…]