Prospective study of alternative spectrum management scenarios and models

On 12 January 2017, ANACOM decided to conduct an applied research and development study, in the area of engineering, in order to analyse scenarios and alternative models of spectrum management, in particular those involving Licensed Shared Access (LSA) concepts in the 2.3-2.4 GHz band.

The study approved by ANACOM will rely on the involvement of strategic partners, including academia (universities and scientific research institutes), spectrum users, operators and equipment manufacturers.

The clear methodological approach will enable, from a solid experimental basis, exploration and acquisition of knowledge related to technology and interrelations between different participants in the processes associated with the implementation of the LSA spectrum sharing model, including envisaged mechanisms for the control and management of spectrum uses.

In this context, the aim is to evaluate whether, and how and to what extent, existing systems (Program Making and Special Events -  PMSE) and mobile systems may coexist in the 2.3-2.4 GHz band, taking into account the particularities of each system.

Similar experiments, ongoing in other countries, have demonstrated the importance and strategic nature of the results that may be drawn from this type of study, complementing each other with the diversity of proposed and tested innovative solutions.

These studies have been shown as key to the performance of regulatory functions which national regulatory authorities are committed to undertake in the context of spectrum management, in foreseeable future scenarios, in line with the decisions taken by the European Commission in this regard.

Associated with this study, ANACOM will fund a research grant and carry out the contracting of services for the development and deployment of a technology testing platform.