In the first of a series of two papers the Authors combine over 40 years of radio systems and planning experience to suggest a methodology for project-based management of spectrum planning activities.
The conflict over the frequency arrangements and out-of-band emissions of the mobile terminals below 694 MHz has revealed the tendency of countries in Regions 1 and 2 to align themselves with Region 3 to lower the cost of end-user equipment. This has highlighted that global harmonisation is at the heart of modern spectrum policy. The decision-making procedures are based upon consensus with the possibility of few countries blocking the discussion. There is a need to revise the current ITU-R structure of three regions as convergence is emerging between them. In this era of globalisation, it is not beneficial for a country or a group of countries to act separately from the rest of the world.