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Is re-farming the answer to the spectrum shortage conundrum?

El-Moghazi, Mohamed and Whalley, J. and Curwen, P. (2008) Is re-farming the answer to the spectrum shortage conundrum? Working paper. University of Strathclyde. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Radio spectrum has become one of the engines of economic growth. However, rapid technological change, ever increasing demands for new wireless services and the nature of spectrum as a scarce resource necessitate an urgent re-examination of issues such as congestion and interference. This paper argues that the traditional administrative spectrum management approach is unlikely to overcome these issues, thereby resulting in growing technical and economic inefficiencies. As countries review their spectrum policies - a process that is generically referred to as radio spectrum policy reform - to counter these inefficiencies, modifications to the radio frequency allocations and assignments are beginning to be implemented by way of radio spectrum re-farming? This phenomenon forms the subject matter of this paper.