Digital government in Africa: promoting inclusivity and sustainability

This paper discusses the benefits of digital government to developing countries and strives to explain why these benefits are experienced more at an individual level rather than at an aggregate level. The main reasons identified include digital divides, lack of optimal digital skills, gaps in the regulatory framework, and a lack of market competition and[…]

It is all down to timing – spectrum transitioning

One of the more challenging aspects of spectrum management is ensuring the timely and orderly transition of frequencies where they are awarded to a new licensee. Where the frequencies are being used by incumbents to provide services, and there are no alternative providers or technologies available for end-users, it is particularly important to develop a[…]

Cross border considerations

It is a well-known scientific fact, but one that is sometimes ignored, that radio waves do not respect borders between countries and geographic regions. This means that radio networks deployed in one country or region can cause interference to networks deployed across the border. The impact of the interference can vary considerably and in the[…]

UK wireless regulation and strategy support

Plum was engaged by a leading fibre network telco operator in the UK, to review the threats and opportunities brought with developing wireless technologies such as fixed wireless access, mesh networks, and cellular systems including 5G. Our work included a review of both technology and commercial developments in the UK wireless market, and a corresponding[…]

Facebook V-band study

Google developed a computer interface system based on hand/motion sensing radar operating in the 60 GHz band. Facebook have concerns that the use of such devices might cause interference to wideband data transmission systems operating in the same band (e.g. Wi-Gig). Plum were commissioned to review the technical studies on the issue, and draft a[…]

Coexistence of terrestrial and satellite services at 26 GHz

For the Australian Department of Communications and the Arts, Plum analysed technical conditions influencing spectrum sharing in the 26 GHz band between satellite services and mobile broadband including review of inputs into the WRC-19 process. Plum undertook a review of key sharing constraints proposed by the satellite operator and associated parameters, and assessed proposed technical[…]

Regulating digital platforms to encourage competition

Digital platforms deliver digital services such as e-commerce, social media, and a wide variety of cloud-based services. Until very recently digital platforms were virtually unregulated, but now it is recognised that the rise of these platforms has also created problems. There is now a growing consensus that this should change – specifically how should digital[…]