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[…]
The 900 MHz and 1800 MHz spectrum auctions in Thailand have generated plenty of headlines over the last few months. These have ranged from the initial astonishment at the spectacular prices to the recriminations that followed after new entrant Jasmine failed to pay the licence fee and thus lost the licence it won. Plum was[…]
Auctions have proved to be a popular tool among governments and regulators for the assignment of scarce spectrum resources for mobile use. While the economic rationale for auctions is sound, the actual implementation has at times been flawed and the implications costly. This Insight looks at spectrum auction trends over the last decade, focusing on[…]
Information and communications technology has made substantial contributions to productivity growth, and productivity growth is the only sustainable source of income and leisure growth. The smartphone’s ubiquity and growth in apps means that mobile devices are now the key enablers of this economic and social progress. Europe has done well in terms of mobile-apps. It[…]
One of the closely watched topics at WRC-15 is the agenda items for the next WRC and in particular identifying spectrum allocations above 6 GHz for mobile broadband services. If the experience from recent years is anything to go by, the search for new mobile spectrum is likely to be contentious.
Plum was commissioned by the Inter-American Development Bank to provide advice to the Mexican telecommunications regulator, the IFT, on the appropriate way of valuing spectrum ahead of a number of auctions. The IFT was set to significantly expand the amount of spectrum available to operators, and wanted to understand the appropriate level for reserve prices[…]
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[…]
Plum prepared a study for a Fortune 500 consumer electronics, software and online services company on the app economy in Europe. The study estimated the size of the app economy, but also explored the (much greater) impact of apps use throughout the economy, estimating the benefits of app use in the transport, energy and health[…]