This report presents the findings of a study that has been commissioned for the UK Spectrum Policy Forum to assess the current and future use of frequency bands which may be used by licence exempt wireless applications in the UK and Europe (hereafter referred to as “licence exempt frequency bands”).
The assessment of future mobile data and spectrum demand is an important policy and business strategy question. The orthodox approach to these linked questions starts from a mobile data traffic projection to infer spectrum demand and value. However, future mobile data demand is uncertain, and spectrum demand and value is sensitive to data demand, since[…]
Plum prepared a study on the value of the internet and how the new (the internet) is helping the old (the rest of the economy) for CCIA and EdiMA. The study examined the impact of the internet on many diverse sectors, including media and communications. The study was presented at a Brussels launch event.
On behalf of the GSMA, Plum estimated the potential impact of additional spectrum awards to mobile operators in India and Pakistan, focussing on the sub-700MHz spectrum bands which could be released after digital switchover. First, Plum analysed the current television markets in each country, to identify how much spectrum could be released once the analogue[…]
Plum carried out a study into the social, cultural and economic benefits that would be expected if the government of Egypt released sufficient spectrum to mobile operators in order to overcome short-term and medium-term capacity constraints. The study built a model of the market with and without the spectrum, and looked at the impact on[…]
Spectrum demand is a key input to decisions over spectrum allocation and assignment. Yet estimates of spectrum demand are sensitive to assumptions regarding future mobile traffic, which are uncertain. In this Insight we consider an alternative approach to modelling the demand for spectrum which dispenses with the need for a data traffic forecast. Instead, the[…]
Plum undertook a critical review of a report “The value of Digital Terrestrial Television in an era of increasing demand for spectrum” published in January 2014 by Digital UK. Plum’s critique focussed on the methodology used to estimate the economic benefit of DTT and the average and marginal value of spectrum.
Plum undertook a study of the economic benefits of licensed shared access at 2.3 GHz. The study involved modelling the economic benefits of shared use of 2.3 GHz by mobile broadband services for Europe as a whole and for 7 case study countries. Plum interviewed regulators and incumbents in the case study countries.
This study assessed the alternative use value – primarily for mobile services – of sub-1 GHz spectrum in the ITU Region 1 (Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa). The study focusses primarily on the 700 MHz band, which is currently allocated to broadcasting in ITU Region 1. It estimated the benefits of an[…]
Plum prepared a report for Qualcomm that appraised the economic and social benefits of releasing 2.1GHz spectrum for 3G services in Pakistan. The report quantifies the economic benefits, in terms of a GDP impact and revenues raised from the auction of spectrum, and discusses the considerable social benefits from use of 3G services to enhance[…]