The future use of UHF in ITU Region 1

Plum carried out an independent study, commissioned by the GSA, looking at the current and future use of UHF spectrum in ITU Region 1, focusing in particular on spectrum bands between 470 MHz and 862 MHz.  The report looked at all users of the spectrum, first considering the demand for mobile broadband and other telecommunications[…]

Regulation of spectrum transactions and assessment of competition impacts

Plum, working with London Economics, supported the Telecom Technology Center on a research project for the National Communications Commission (NCC) on the regulation of spectrum-related transactions and the assessment of competition issues associated with these transactions. Plum provided a series of reports which covering: 1) International developments around spectrum transactions (e.g. trading, leasing, sharing or[…]

Valuation of spectrum in the 2600 MHz band

Following a spectrum transaction in New Zealand, Spark required an updated value of its 2600 MHz spectrum holdings for use in its statutory accounts. Plum undertook a benchmarking exercise using its extensive database of international auction results, making adjustments for national income and licence periods. We then provided Spark with a guide on how results[…]

Review of Standard Operating Procedures for spectrum investigation in Ireland

Plum carried out a project to review the operating procedures of the Spectrum Investigation and Enforcement teams of the Commission for Communications Regulation Ireland (ComReg) and to produce a new operational procedures handbook for use by ComReg Spectrum enforcement staff. The handbook covered areas of Compliance checking, Interference Investigation, Enforcement procedures, Health and Safety, Administration,[…]

Not just the economy, stupid: a holistic approach to spectrum assignment

Sustainable economic growth requires an interplay between all domains of a country’s structural organisation – that is, its politics, its economy, and its society. Government and regulatory policy need to take account of all of these domains for it to be optimal. However, in several important areas, these interconnections are not accounted for – this[…]

Challenges of World Radio Conference studies: 10 GHz spectrum

The outcome of the World Radio Conference 2019 (WRC-19) has now been disseminated, changes to regulations and technical licence conditions are being implemented and spectrum awarded. Attention is now turning to the agenda items identified for the next World Radio Conference, scheduled for 2023 (WRC-23). Preparatory work will be starting within ITU-R, as well as[…]