Spectrum policy round up 12.2.14
Is Licensed Shared Access ready for take-off?
Wenshuan Dang, a senior network architect at Huawei, told a conference in Munich earlier this week that 5G could “enable LSA”.
But while 5G remains an intractable and largely theoretical concept, Licensed Shared Access (LSA) is a real existing regulatory framework that is now on the cusp of either widespread adoption or terminal obscurity.
Many spectrum managers reckon that the only way to avert the spectrum crunch is through some sort of spectrum sharing. Licensed Shared Access (or "Authorised Shared Access") was first invented by Nokia and Qualcomm as a way for non-commercial entities to share their spectrum while retaining their control over it.
The EU's Radio Spectrum Policy Group released an enthusiastic report on LSA in November and CEPT has just launched a consultation on the technical conditions for 2.3 GHz, a band widely tipped to be used to pioneer LSA in Europe.
However, LSA is by no means the only way to share spectrum. Microsoft is betting that in the future spectrum will be accessed dynamically and academics praise the success of the unlicensed free-for-all that is Wi-Fi. At the same time, ultra-wideband remains a cautionary tale for those who invest in spectrum sharing.
Another risk for LSA is an undercurrent of ambiguity about its effectiveness. The day after the conference, the GSM Association said spectrum sharing can only ever be complementary to exclusive spectrum licences.
The question remains: will the combined support of the next generation of technology, the European Commission, Nokia and Qualcomm be enough to push the fledgling regulatory regime to the forefront of spectrum management?
Toby Youell, PolicyTracker
One of the last 800 MHz digital dividend assignment processes in Europe looks set to be a beauty contest.
Spectrum management would be taken from Ofcom and handed to a new authority if Scotland becomes independent from the UK, the Scottish government says. It promises short-term continuity for regulation, telecommunications infrastructure and services, but one telecoms policy analyst says the idea of a simple, speedy transfer is pie in the sky.
The news that US satellite services provider EchoStar has scooped up Ireland-based mobile satellite services (MSS) operator Solaris Mobile raises more questions about the future of commercial MSS deployment in Europe.
Arnaud Montebourg gave a fiery speech at an industry event in Paris last week.
What comes before a fall? Premium
Pride, according to the proverb, but for politicians dabbling in spectrum management it's interfering with independent regulation which seems to precede their demise.
Wide-ranging policy recommendations for the US broadcast spectrum incentive auction will be handed to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the spring, the head of its incentive auction task force said at a 30 January meeting.
Ooredoo and Telenor pledge to roll out networks using the 900 MHz and 2.1 GHz bands.
This month we report on the Commission's creation of a high level group to provide recommendations for the UHF band in Europe, and on the difficulties the US and Latin America are having in agreeing on their positions for WRC-15. We also include updates from Colombia, France, Ireland, New Zealand, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, the UK and the US.
Pilot project aims to demonstrate technical feasibility of spectrum sharing to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
A seemingly unresolvable split between the US broadcasting and mobile sectors over possible primary allocation of the 470-698 MHz band for mobile broadband has left the Federal Communications Commission WRC-15 Advisory Committee (WAC) without a consensus recommendation for the US bargaining position. Europe's CEPT said the 470-694 MHz band should be considered for wireless services subject to sharing and compatibility studies.
The US makes a big announcement on incentive auctions tomorrow (Thursday) but will this innovative new format catch on elsewhere? This seems doubtful.
Leading economist questions whether this would work with US administrative structure.
MEPs rejected an amendment to allow governments to set their own authorisation conditions for companies seeking access to spectrum.
Claro and Movistar are waiting nervously to find out how much of their Colombian infrastructure will have to be handed back to the state.
The telco is paying more for one 2 x 5 MHz block than it paid for three similar blocks last October.
TV delivers more bang per bit than mobile according to....well, that would spoil the surprise....
The adoption of GPRS for railway communications could save the SRD community from having to deal with interference.
France still plans to allocate spectrum in the 700 MHz band to mobile, but not as quickly as some have suggested.
The UK regulator hopes the decision will enable road, rail, air and sea passengers to get access to broadband services.
Bidders may only have to pay a small penalty if they withdraw from Poland's auction of spectrum in the 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands. However, UKE says its decision to force operators to pay a further deposit if prices get unreasonably high will prevent predatory bidding.