Spectrum Assignment and Auctions

Managing the Radio Spectrum: Framework for Reform in Developing Countries
Björn Wellenius and Isabel Neto


19 June 2007
Abstract
Bringing management of the radio spectrum closer to markets is long overdue. The radio spectrum is a major component of the infrastructure that underpins the information society. Spectrum management, however, has not kept up with major changes in technology, business practice, and economic policy that have taken place worldwide during the last two decades.  For many years traditional government administration of the spectrum worked reasonably well, but more recently it has led to growing technical and economic inefficiencies as well as obstacles to technological innovation.

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Solving Spectrum Gridlock: Reforms to Liberalize Radio Spectrum Management in Canada in the Face of Growing Scarcity

The global proliferation of wireless technology and rising demand for wireless products is straining the capacity of government spectrum allocation systems to keep pace. In Canada, as elsewhere, the ubiquity of cellphones, combined with the growth of such products as wireless emergency responders and television services using wireless technology, has transformed the distribution of limited spectrum space from an arcane technical issue relevant to telecommunications and broadcasting experts to a matter of great national interest.

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