Commercial and economic impacts from IPR policy changes

Plum has recently completed a detailed report assessing the commercial and economic impacts that could result from important policy changes affecting use of intellectual property in technical standards. These changes were, rather contentiously, adopted by the US based IEEE organisation in 2015, following support from the US Department of Justice. Our report reviews intensive industry[…]

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[…]

Spectrum Auctions – Lessons from North America, Europe and beyond

Tim Miller spoke at, and moderated, TechUK’s seminar on lessons that can be learnt from recent spectrum auctions. Tim’s keynote speech covered trends in spectrum awards – not just auctions – and spectrum value, and the slides can be found below. Other presentations focussed on the current US incentive auctions, and future predictions for auction[…]

Risky business: managing through the uncertainty of Brexit in telecommunications

With so many areas affected by the potential British exit from the EU (Brexit) and the accompanying uncertainty, it is premature to form firm views as to how telecommunications players should react. Impact will depend largely on terms associated with withdrawal yet to be agreed between the UK and EU. Therefore, strategic planning and risk[…]

Developing a spectrum strategy to ensure Europe maximizes the potential of 5G

Tim Miller presented at the 11th European Spectrum Management Conference in Brussels on 23 June on how the evolution of 5G technologies and services are leading to the need for a change in the way spectrum management is considered.  He explained the service-led definitions of 5G, before focussing on the spectrum allocation decisions that have been made – and need[…]

All change: how 5G will shake up spectrum management

Although the technology underpinning 5G is still in development, it is likely to offer additional capacity and efficiency in the radio access network much as preceding generations have. However, with ever-growing traffic demand, challenging competition, and the rise of OTT services, operators are finding it increasingly difficult to sustain healthy business margins. There is uncertainty[…]

Valuation of mobile broadband spectrum in Taiwan

Plum was part of the study team which advised the National Communications Commission on the auction of the 2.6 GHz band in Taiwan. Plum’s consultants led the valuation work, which employed a combination of techniques including international benchmarking, econometrics, avoided cost modelling and enterprise valuation. The work also included an assessment of the potential impact[…]

Fuelling the 5G future: understanding and delivering spectrum

Tim Miller presented and led a panel discussion at the 2nd Asia-Pacific Spectrum Management Conference in Bangkok on 26 April, on the spectrum requirements for 5G technologies globally and in the Asia Pacific region.  Tim discussed how 5G technologies are defined and the services that will run over them, the evolution of demand, and the current work[…]

Measuring productivity value achieved by technical progress

Tim Miller is taking part in a symposium organised by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) on how improvements in technology and falling prices can be better reflected in measures of productivity.  As prices for electronics and computers fall, while their capabilities rise, standard measures of productivity and wealth – such as GDP – will appear[…]