Managing the Spectrum Efficiently

Reallocating the Spectrum: Should We Do it?, by Juan Delgado INFO. Vol. 17 Iss: 1, pp. 9 – 21. January 2015.

(Earlier version at IESE Business School. Public-Private Sector Research Center. Occasional Paper OP-259-E, Rev. 4/2014).

Op-ed (In Spanish): El segundo dividendo digital y la gestión eficiente del espectroCompetition Policy International, 24 March 2015.

infolargecover“Under the current uncertainty about future spectrum demand and given the high costs involved by releasing frequencies from broadcasting to mobile broadband, adopting early decisions on the reallocation of the 700 MHz band might not necessarily lead to a more efficient outcome,” concludes Juan Delgado in the article “Reallocating the spectrum: Should we do it?”.

The paper analyses the existing trade-offs involved by the so-called Second Digital Dividend, which implies the reallocation of the 700 MHz spectrum band from broadcasting services to mobile communication services. The uncertainty about the future spectrum demand for mobile broadband, the impact on the transmission of digital television and the absence of data on current spectrum usage makes impossible to guarantee the efficiency of such reallocation. A truly efficient allocation of the spectrum would require a more accurate picture of the current use, the exploration of alternative policy and technology options and the promotion of secondary markets for spectrum trading.

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