Managing and Regulating the Radio Spectrum: A Practical Guide
The radio spectrum is a limited resource that has to be shared between different services, technologies, users and countries. It is the task of regulatory authorities to manage the resource and to optimize its use. International frameworks provide the basis for spectrum management, however knowledge of the characteristics of the radio spectrum and technologies that use it are necessary for these frameworks to be translated into realizable policies and practices at a national and regional level.
This course begins by providing an overview of the goals of spectrum management as well as delivering an understanding of the specific characteristics of different parts of the radio spectrum and how this impacts its utility and value. The use of different spectrum bands is discussed, together with a consideration of the way in which historic and new radio technologies use spectrum and the techniques being considered to maximize efficiency and sharing. Different facets of spectrum management and regulation are explained. The course explores assignment and planning methods from the classical command and control techniques to developments in economic techniques such as pricing, trading and auctions. It takes a look at emerging techniques such as dynamic spectrum access and licensed shared access to help understand what failings of existing techniques they are seeking to redress.
After completion of the course, participants will understand how the radio spectrum is used, and approaches to its management and regulation. They will have extended their knowledge of spectrum management and will have been updated on the latest techniques and processes being employed.
This course is ideal for those working in a practical position within a spectrum regulator or regulatory body. It is useful for those who wish to deepen their knowledge of the toolkit for spectrum regulation and management including consultants, investors, manufacturers, major spectrum users and those for whom managing the spectrum is a part of their daily job.
- Fundamentals of spectrum management
- Characteristics of radio spectrum and radio technologies
- Historic and new radio communication systems
- The international framework and processes for spectrum management
- Methods for licensing spectrum and service planning
- Spectrum demand and efficiency
- New techniques (dynamic spectrum access, license shared access)