The regulatory barriers to spectrum trading may be falling by the wayside in Europe and else where but are there practical issues which need to be addressed when trading in radio frequencies?
The radio frequency spectrum stimulates a number of services which are of great economic and social value to Europe, and substantial benefits may accrue to citizens from ensuring that the spectrum is used efficiently to deploy services of the greatest benefit to them. The combination of trading and liberalisation and the removal of barriers to entry may facilitate the introduction of new services and promote innovation. In addition National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) in Europe are likely to develop the details of any sale, provided national systems have a common framework and share similar spectrum usage rights and obligations.
Once the regulatory and commercial issues are resolved is there anything else that needs to be addressed? Spectrum rights are very similar to mineral rights and property rights; should they therefore be traded in the absence of a detailed survey to determine the value of the commodity which it is intended to purchase?
If the answer is no, Connogue may be able to help. The NRA is likely to be able to tell you of any sharing situations in operation, usage of the frequency in adjacent areas and any adjacent channel activity that may impact the value of the spectrum. It may also have an idea of the situation in adjacent countries within co-ordination range but how can you be sure that all the pertinent facts are to hand, which are needed to make an assessment of value? In addition the increase in deployment of digital electronics (computers and microprocessors) and wire-line electronic networks can mean that there may be localised ‘hot-spots’, which may be subject to localised interference. Imagine the time and cost it could take to undertake a realistic survey of the potential purchase if a ground based technique was to be used.
Connogue has developed a technique to conduct an airborne survey in the VHF and lower UHF frequency bands, based on a method utilised in the United States to measure the leakage of radio frequency emissions from cable television networks. Using a small aircraft, a survey of several radio frequencies can be performed quickly, easily and economically when compared with ground based surveys.
If you are interested in airborne spectrum surveys and would like to discuss your detailed requirements, please contact Connogue.