Spectrum sharing necessary to avoid scarcity as 5G approaches

Dynamic Spectrum Alliance argues spectrum auctions are a symbol of scarcity, which focus the industry’s energy in the wrong place; sharing provides a smarter, more efficient solution

Spectrum sharing necessary to avoid scarcity as 5G approaches

The mobile communications industry needs to find ways to use spectrum more efficiently, Kalpak Gude, president of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance (pictured), said yesterday (17 January 2017), explaining why the ‘Spectrum Revolution’ is integral to the future 5G world.

Speaking at the Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) annual conference in Hawaii, Gude told the audience that while there have been, and continue to be, great technological advancements, the industry must face facts.

“We must either embrace new sharing techniques to drive spectrum efficiency, while still protecting incumbent services, or continue to spend our energy on the spectrum battles of scarcity and diminish the possibilities of the future wireless world,” said Gude.

He added: “Spectrum auctions are a symbol of scarcity – a way to ration what we have left. However, it focuses energy in the wrong place. Every conversation about spectrum today begins and ends with the question of limits, but the spectrum revolution can end this.

“With the technological advances that have occurred, spectrum scarcity is not a necessary law of nature. Dynamic spectrum sharing is a solution to overcome, and ultimately end, the focus on limits and it will be at the heart of the future 5G world.”

Gude commented on how at its core the new 5G world is all about wireless solutions and connectivity enabling, among other things, the Internet of Things (IoT). However, he mentioned it is more than just faster Internet, it is about satisfying our societal expectations of being connected anywhere and everywhere, without limits.

“To satisfy the expectations, however, 5G cannot have a one-size-fits-all approach to spectrum management if it is to meet the differing demands. Low-band, mid-band, and high-band spectrum, each with its own strengths, will need to be available and abundant.

“Dynamic spectrum sharing, with a regulatory structure embracing unlicensed and lightly-licensed regulations, is the only way to satisfy these growing spectrum requirements. In turn, this will enable the IoT and provide connectivity anywhere and everywhere to bring the benefits of the connected future to the four billion that currently are not part of the global conversation,” concluded Gude.

The discussion comes ahead of the Dynamic Spectrum Alliance’s fifth annual Global Summit, which takes place between 9-11 May 2017, in Cape Town, South Africa. For more information about the Global Summit, please visit: http://dynamicspectrumalliance.org/global-summit/.

The Dynamic Spectrum Alliance is a global organisation advocating for laws and regulations that will lead to more efficient and effective spectrum utilization. Membership spans multinationals, small- and medium-sized enterprises, and academic, research, and other organisations from around the world.

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