Wi-Fi Spectrum requirements

The EU’s Gigabit Infrastructure Act and the Digital Decade Policy Programme 2030 aim to ensure that a fixed Gigabit network (i.e., one providing connectivity at a downlink speed of 1 Gbps) covers all EU households. Wi-Fi plays a crucial role in the distribution of fixed broadband connectivity in homes, offices, and various other environments. The[…]

At sixes and sevens: sharing opportunities (or battles) in 6 GHz   

A hot topic at WRC 23 was the identification of further bands for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) under Agenda Item 1.2. Discussions and negotiation resulted in identification for IMT through a footnote to the Radio Regulations of the band 6425-7025 MHz in Region 1, and 7025-7125 MHz in Region 3. Both of these identifications exist[…]

Spectrum fees: saying the quiet part out loud

The European Commission’s white paper seems to contain an admission that a standard regulatory assumption which has been used since the turn of the century is, in fact, wrong. In this note we consider where the perceived wisdom came from, why it’s wrong, and what needs to change.

Licensing of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS)

There is growing interest in the use of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) for a wide range of private and commercial applications. These systems cover a wide variety of types referred to as drones, model aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) or unmanned aerial systems (UAS). As operational use increases rapidly, the provision of safe access[…]

Regulation of Aeronautical Radio System Spectrum Access

Without access to radio spectrum it would be impossible to undertake national and international flights safely. Aeronautical radiocommunications systems are used to support communications, navigation and surveillance applications which range from two-way communications between air traffic control and pilots to on board weather and location radars. These applications make use of various frequency bands allocated[…]

Autonomous vessels – can the potential benefits be realised?

Between 80 and 90% of goods worldwide are quoted as being moved by ships, as they can offer economic and efficient long-distance transport. Autonomous vessels provide potential advantages by reducing the impact on the environment, increasing safety, reducing costs, and addressing skills shortages. In 2019 it was estimated the market for autonomous shipping technologies was[…]

Plum Presents: An overview on how to measure and monitor spectrum

For our second webinar “Plum Presents”, Richard Rudd, Director at Plum, has provided a brief, non-technical, overview on how to measure and monitor radio spectrum. A robust understanding of spectrum use, and changes over time is crucially important for spectrum regulators and for the developers of new services. Existing users also require an understanding of[…]

Plum Presents: Spectrum policy reactions to the Covid-19 pandemic

In this webinar Tim Miller, a partner at Plum, discusses the spectrum policy measures that regulators around the world took in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, as telecommunications networks faced an unprecedented increase in traffic and change to usage patterns.  From temporary spectrum awards to changes in licence obligations, regulators and governments worldwide played a[…]