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Spectrum Crunch vs. Spectrum Sharing:Exploring the 'Authorised Shared Access' Model

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  • Antonio NICITA

    ("Sapienza" University of Rome, Dpt of Economics & Law, Italy)

  • Maria Alessandra ROSSI

    (Siena University, Dpt of Political Economy and Statistics, Italy)

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    This paper provides an overview of a recently proposed spectrum sharing model – 'Authorized Shared Access' or 'Licensed Shared Access' (ASA/LSA) – and compares it to other sharing models in order to outline its distinctive features and fields of application. The main feature of this new concept is to allow sharing among a limited number of licensees with guaranteed, but shared, spectrum usage rights so as to achieve a comparable quality of transmission as in the case of exclusive individual usage rights to all sharing parties. For this reason, the ASA model is able to support both large-scale and small-scale investments in spectrum-hungry technologies. We conclude that LSA/ASA is a promising new model that, absent 'one-size-fits-all' spectrum management solutions, may provide a valuable tool, complementary to other existing and developing tools, to face the spectrum crunch challenge and to meet the Digital Agenda purposes.

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    Article provided by IDATE, Com&Strat dept. in its journal Communications & Strategies.

    Volume (Year): 1 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 90 (2nd quarter)
    Pages: 17-40

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    Handle: RePEc:idt:journl:cs9001
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    1. Belloc, Filippo & Nicita, Antonio & Alessandra Rossi, Maria, 2012. "Whither policy design for broadband penetration? Evidence from 30 OECD countries," Telecommunications Policy, Elsevier, vol. 36(5), pages 382-398.
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