Ofcom will determine whether spectrum should be shared based on whether the technology can be acquired to empower it to occur in part, it’s said.
It said “technology enablers” will be one variable it is going to consider when determining whether “the best use of spectrum” should call for “common access”.
To identify the possibility of spectrum sharing, Ofcom said it’d examine the “features of use for both incumbent and prospective users that tell a preliminary perspective of the possibility of sharing and what tools may be useful” and review whether there are “obstacles that could restrict the extent of present or future sharing”.
The regulator also said that it’d then look into “regulatory tools and marketplace and technology enablers that fit the features of use and impediments to ease new and/or more extreme sharing”.
“New developments in technology have the potential to empower more sensible and efficient methods for sharing spectrum,” Ofcom said in a statement summarizing a fresh framework for spectrum sharing (53-page / 432KB PDF). “The technology enablers we set out … were protocols, geolocation databases, detection, automatic reporting of hindrance, and frequency and band-agile gear. In keeping all the tools, we recognise these technologies may have restrictions but that they continue to develop and could play a part in future sharing models.”
The regulator also said that it’d release more details about present spectrum use to help business stakeholders identify chances for getting shared access to those frequencies.
It’s started a consultation on its strategies (33-page / 478KB PDF) in which it’s requested business because of its perspectives on whether “new regulatory tools” must be developed to empower better spectrum sharing. It said geographical licences and “opportunistic spectrum access” are mechanisms which could be used to facilitate spectrum sharing.
“New technology enablers, for example geolocation databases, enable secondary apparatus in order to ascertain if a specific frequency can be acquired and discover that its use isn’t going to cause undue interference to incumbent users,” Ofcom said. “These are suitable in environments where a principal spectrum user controls within a defined frequency range and where in-depth utilization features are understood.”
“When the main user isn’t using the spectrum, by way of example, the opportunistic apparatus can broadcast on this particular frequency until this type of time that the principal user wants to use the spectrum. Ofcom authorised configured apparatus in this manner to access TV white spaces.