Spectrum Policy

Strengthening competition policy in Latin American countries: The application of competition law in the telecommunications sector

By Martin Cave, A. Andreas Avgousti, and Adrian Foster
July 2013
 
In this paper we set out ways in which competition law can be applied to the telecommunications sector. The intended audience consists of officials in competition authorities in Latin American countries. Our goal is not to provide detailed guidance over how to conduct an investigation, to reach a decision and to run a case, but to outline the type of conduct which an authority might wish to investigate, to indicate the nature of the evidence that may be required to determine if the law has been broken, and to show in general terms how that evidence can be deployed in a decision document and defended in subsequent appeals. By way of illustration, we also summarise several past cases, drawn from Latin American, or in some instances, other jurisdictions.
 
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GSR 2008 Discussion Paper
SPECTRUM SHARING, PREPARED BY:ADRIAN M. FOSTER CMC

MCLEAN FOSTER & CO.

This chapter reviews various trends in spectrum sharing methods used by spectrum managers who are responding to increasing demands for spectrum coming from the unstoppable surge in new services and technologies.  Spectrum sharing encompasses several techniques – some administrative, technical and marketbased.
Spectrum can be shared in several dimensions; time, space and geography. Limiting transmit power is also a factor which can be utilized to permit sharing. Low power devices in the spectrum commons operate on the basis of that principle characteristic – propagation – and as we shall see later with Dynamic Access Spectrum Sharing, take advantage of power and interference reduction techniques. Sharing can also be accomplished through licensing and/or commercial arrangements involving spectrum leases and spectrum trading.

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GSR 2010 Discussion Paper
Spectrum in Transition: The Digital Dividend


This paper aims to inform policy makers and regulators about spectrum management issues related to the digital switchover and the Digital Dividend. The paper includes a summary of policies, best practices and progress being made in implementing change in regions around the globe. Among other things, the paper serves to demonstrate and recommend current and possibly new pathways for resolving outstanding issues related to the Digital Dividend.

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