21 November 2006

Spectrum harmonization

You might find this report interesting, written at the behest of the European Commission by the consultancy Booz Allen and Hamilton. In case you're wondering what they mean by "harmonization", you might find this definition helpful:
Harmonisation in this study means defining technical conditions, including spectrum, band plan and technology, at a global and regional level, to ensure efficient spectrum use, seamless services over wide areas including roaming, system co-existence and global circulation of user equipments across borders.

Then again, maybe not ...

Not suprisingly, they find benefits in harmonizing spectrum, though others would argue that a free market approach confers more benefits on the end users in the end. They present some data, like SMS use, to bolster their argument.

Are there other ways to interpret the data they present? Perhaps comparative cost matters, for example. Was there anything else in the report that you found worthwhile?

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Pat said...

This report seems to give a favor on spectrum harmonization. It gives benefits on both consumers and providers. It seems to me that this put more constraints from the regulators to the market via the 5 objectives; Sufficient, Contiguous, Homogenous, Ubiquitous, and Efficient, which is debatable whether this harmonization is actually a better choice.

Thorsten said...

This is gorgeous!