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WRC-07: the Technological and Market Pressures for Flexible Spectrum Access

Sims, Martin (2007): WRC-07: the Technological and Market Pressures for Flexible Spectrum Access. Published in: Communications & Strategies No. 67 (2007): pp. 13-27.

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Abstract

By examining the preparations for the 2007 ITU World Radio Conference (WRC-07) and associated developments this paper identifies practical examples of the market and technological pressures contributing towards a more liberalised approach to spectrum management. It argues that the need to find new spectrum for advanced mobile services (WRC-07 Agenda item 1.4), the growing orthodoxy on spectrum neutrality and the need to accommodate converging technologies are helping to undermine the stricter forms of command and control spectrum management. However, the need for global harmonisation of satellite frequencies and the international variation in rolling out digital terrestrial television place limits on this drive towards greater flexibility.

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