Review of BCAR spectrum valuation model

The Department engaged Plum to provide advice on, and to review, the spectrum valuation modelling that the Bureau of Communications and Arts Research (BCAR) intended to use to estimate the value of a sub-6 GHz mobile frequency band in Australia. The first phase of the project required Plum to provide initial advice and evaluation on[…]

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[…]

5G spectrum valuation and auction support in Taiwan

Plum, working with the Telecom Technology Center, supported the National Communications Commission on the 5G auction in Taiwan which concluded in February 2020. The work included a review of the auction design and rules, and the valuation of the 1800 MHz, 3.5 GHz and 28 GHz bands to inform on the appropriate reserve prices. The[…]

Road to 5G: calibrating the right environment for Digital India

With the 5G era just around the corner, policymakers around the world have outlined ambitious national objectives for the digital economy. Specific targets are often set for the underpinning infrastructure and India is no exception. The India mobile industry has experienced a series of challenges in recent times – from a protracted price war, market[…]