Spectrum management

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.

Spectrum freed by free-to-air television digitisation and the switch-off of analogue TV, is allocated to accommodate the soaring growth in mobiles.

In 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. This second paper provides an outline of a recommended project management plan structure and references that may be useful to spectrum planners throughout ITU- Region 3; the Asia ? Pacific.

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