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Analysis of Radio Spectrum Market Evolution Possibilities


  • Thomas CASEY

    (Helsinki University of Technology, Finland)


A tremendous growth in wireless traffic volumes and a shortage of feasible radio spectrum has led to a situation where the old and rigid spectrum regime is not a viable option for spectrum management and a shift towards a more market driven approach has begun. Great uncertainty still exists over how such a radio spectrum market will come about and what kind of shape it would take. This paper studies some long term macro level evolution possibilities for how this radio spectrum market could emerge and what would be the corresponding value chain configurations. The scenario planning and system dynamics methods are utilized to build four alternative future spectrum market scenarios.

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  • Thomas CASEY, 2009. "Analysis of Radio Spectrum Market Evolution Possibilities," Communications & Strategies, IDATE, Com&Strat dept., vol. 1(75), pages 109-132, 3rd quart.
  • Handle: RePEc:idt:journl:cs7505

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    Cited by:

    1. Medeisis, Arturas & Minervini, Leo Fulvio, 2013. "Stalling innovation of Cognitive Radio: The case for a dedicated frequency band," Telecommunications Policy, Elsevier, vol. 37(2), pages 108-115.
    2. Mwangoka, Joseph W. & Marques, Paulo & Rodriguez, Jonathan, 2013. "TV white spaces exploitation through a bicameral geo-location database," Telecommunications Policy, Elsevier, vol. 37(2), pages 116-129.

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    Spectrum Markets; Spectrum Policy; Flexible Spectrum Usage; Cognitive Radio; Value Networks; Scenario Planning; System Dynamics.;

    JEL classification:

    • L51 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Economics of Regulation
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
    • L16 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Industrial Organization and Macroeconomics; Macroeconomic Industrial Structure


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