Flexible Spectrum Access Methods

This report, commissioned by the UK Spectrum Policy Forum, considers future flexible spectrum access methods.  Flexible access and spectrum sharing were key features of the UK Strategy Published in 2014. In this report we consider the state of play on spectrum access in the UK (from dedicated national licensing through to licence-exempt), techniques for enabling[…]

Review of licence fees in the Australian 17.3-51.4 GHz band

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[…]

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,[…]

Regulating for Quality of Service in Egypt

Quality of service is one the key metrics by which a mobile service is measured. Improving the quality of service that consumers experience is rightly important for Egyptian policymakers and regulators. Plum’s report, commissioned by the GSMA, explored how quality of service could be improved on Egyptian mobile networks to the benefit of consumers. International[…]

Releasing Spectrum for Mobile Broadband in Egypt

Plum provided assistance to the GSMA, operators and the regulator in Egypt on developing a roadmap for the release of additional spectrum for mobile broadband across the country.  Following a previous project outlining the benefits of mobile broadband, the Egyptian government were seeking a detailed report on the obstacles to be overcome when moving towards[…]

Val Jervis spoke at the 2nd Annual Middle East and North Africa Spectrum Management Conference in Rabat

Val Jervis spoke at the 2nd Annual Middle East and North Africa Spectrum Management Conference in Rabat on 28 August where she presented on the opportunities and constraints associated with the UHF spectrum. The conference followed on from the ASMG meeting where there had been discussions on potential bands, including UHF, for mobile broadband as[…]

Terrestrial broadcasting and spectrum use in the Arab states

In order to identify where spectrum in the UHF bands could be made available for mobile broadband, Plum surveyed the television broadcasting markets across the Middle East and calculated how a move to digital television could free up significant amounts of spectrum in the sub-800MHz bands.  Starting with the assumption that the number of channels[…]

Support to Ofcom’s review of fees for fixed links and permanent earth stations

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.

Technical and pricing study on private mobile radio and trunked radio systems in Singapore

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[…]