Spectrum State-of-the-Art

  • October 2013
  • -
  • IDATE
  • -
  • 57 pages

Description:

This yearly report delivers an overview of the latest developments in the spectrum field including the main evolutions of the regulatory framework, spectrum sharing issues and new radio technologies, the 700 MHz band status, mobile spectrum in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Asia Pacific, North and South America, and Africa Middle East, and spectrum valuation.

Region:

Asia-Pacific,Eastern Europe,Latin America,North America,Western Europe,Argentina,Austria,Belgium,Brazil,Bulgaria,Canada,Chile,Croatia,Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, UK, Uruguay, USA

This deliverable is part of the “LTE Watch Service" which includes:

- a half-yearly updated database
- a half-yearly updated status report
- bi-monthly Insights
- direct access to lead LTE analysts

Mobile Spectrum Database

Geographical scope

• Asia-Pacific
- Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, South Korea
• Latin America
- Brazil, Chile
• Middle East - Africa
• North America
- Canada, The USA
• Western Europe
- Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, The UK
• Eastern & Central Europe
- Russia

Spectrum information

• Frequency band
• Allocation mode
• Allocation date (or expected)
• Licence footprint
• Operator
• Duplex mode
• Technology (used or expected)
• Quantity of spectrum (MHz)
• Frequency band uplink
• Frequency band downlink
• Duration (years)
• Total price (local currency)
• Total price (EUR)
• Price (eurocents) per MHz per pop.
• Price (eurocents) per MHz per capita (for 10 years)

Table Of Contents

Contents

1. Executive summary 6

2. Major trends in the regulatory framework 8
• Main radio spectrum ‘trends’ for 2013-2015 9
• Lessons from the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-12) 10
• Supplemental downlink (SDL) 11
• New frequency bands 12

3. Spectrum sharing and new radio technologies 16
• Spectrum sharing 17
• Impact of new radio technologies 18
• Status of white spaces 19
• Carrier aggregation 21

4. LTE spectrum 22
• LTE spectrum 23
• Main LTE frequency bands: FDD and TDD 24
• LTE roaming 25

5. The 700 MHz band 26
• The 700 MHz band: a new harmonised frequency band for LTE? 27
• The 700 MHz band: compatibility issues 28
• The 700 MHz band: duplex gap and PPDR networks 29
• The 700 MHz band: Asia-Pacific 30

6. Mobile spectrum in Western Europe 31

7. Mobile spectrum in Eastern Europe 36

8. Mobile spectrum in Asia-Pacific 39

9. Mobile spectrum in North America 42

10. Mobile spectrum in Latin America 44

11. Mobile spectrum in Africa-Middle East 48

12. 4G spectrum follow-up and licence valuation 51
• Comparison of frequency allocations of mobile operators 52
• 4G spectrum price: Digital Dividend, 700 MHz band 53
• 4G spectrum price: 1800 MHz band 54
• 4G spectrum price: higher frequency bands 55
• Past and expected spectrum prices 56
• Spectrum price 57

Who we are 58



Figures and Tables

• Figure 1: Principle of supplemental downlink 11
• Figure 2: 450 MHz spectrum in Brazil 12
• Figure 3: L-Band: example of channel rasters 12
• Figure 4: 2300 MHz band allocations globally 13
• Figure 5: The 2.3 GHz band in the USA 13
• Figure 6: Harmonised frequency arrangements for the 3.4-3.8 GHz bands 14
• Figure 7: The ‘licensed shared access’ concept 17
• Figure 8: Principle of white spaces 19
• Figure 9: Concept of white space database for geolocation and spectrum-sensing 19
• Figure 10: Example of carrier aggregation 21
• Figure 11: Possible implementation of 2 x 30 MHz FDD band in 700 MHz (lower duplexer) 27
• Figure 12: 700 MHz band plan in the USA 28
• Figure 13: Overlap between 700 MHz APT band plan and 800 MHz band 28
• Figure 14: Extension of the APT band plan? 29
• Figure 15: 700 MHz band plan in Australia 30
• Figure 16: 700 MHz band - Price (eurocents) per MHz per pop. (for 10 years) 53
• Figure 17: 1800 MHz band - Price (eurocents) per MHz per pop. (for 10 years) 54
• Figure 18: 2.6 GHz spectrum - Price (eurocents) per MHz per pop. (for 10 years) 55
• Table 1: Advantages and constraints of LSA 17
• Table 2: Frequency bands combinations for carrier aggregation 21
• Table 3: Main LTE frequency bands 23
• Table 4: Status of the 700 MHz band (May 2013) 27
• Table 5: FDD spectrum assets for selected operators 52

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