Regulation development on licensed shared access and TV white spaces
2014 (English)In: Der Open-Access-Publikationsserver der ZBW, Brussels: ITS , 2014Conference paper (Other academic) [Artistic work]
For several years, the demand for data has increased. Furthermore, this is a growing trend. There are three ways to meet this demand. One option is to make the network denser; this implies large investments. We can work on improving the bandwidth efficiency; unfortunately, the channel limit is about to be reached. Finally, the bandwidth allocated to telecommunication can be enlarged. Indeed, there are large spaces on spectrum which have been underused by the army or by the TV broadcasters. These players employ only a part of their allocated frequencies or use them only in a restricted area or time. Thus, regulatory frameworks are under construction to allow second users to exploit the locally unused frequencies without harming the incumbent. The two most advanced projects in this area are Licensed Share Access (LSA) and TV White Spaces (TVWS). Under LSA, an agreement is settled between an incumbent who underuses its spectrum (e.g: the Army) and one to several second users (share licensees). The agreement states, among other things, the area where the share licensees can deploy their networks and the conditions leading to its termination. In the case of TVWS, which takes advantage of the locally unused TV frequencies, the number of second users is unlimited and there is no direct contract with the incumbents (TV broadcasters and PMSE1 ). Instead, second users have to obtain the regulator authorization. Concretely, second users inform a database of their localization and the characteristics of their devices and will get in return available channels and power limitations. Even if there is a common understanding of these regulatory frameworks, regulators are still working on the definition. This paper aims at presenting in several countries the trends in the regulation of TVWS and LSA. Aspects such as normalization, authorized uses, and allocated bandwidths will be highlighted. From this overall regulatory picture, this research will provide insight on the business development around TVWS and LSA.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Brussels: ITS , 2014.
Research subject Information and Communication Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-159343OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-159343DiVA: diva2:784393
The 25th European Regional Conference of the International Telecommunications Society,Brussels, Belgium, 22nd - 25th June 2014
QC 201502052015-01-292015-01-292015-02-05Bibliographically approved