Spectrum Management: The Key Lever for Achieving Universality

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Jul 2015
This study examines the experiences of spectrum management in four countries with a high percentage of wireless broadband penetration (Australia, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States). What actions have they undertaken to achieve an efficient management of spectrum? How have they have shifted toward more modern management approaches? These answers can be used as a benchmark for good regulatory governance. Governance is a key issue in decisions related to spectrum management in the LAC region. Sound policy and regulatory frameworks should be able to address issues such as the allocation of the digital dividend bands, the refarming of frequencies, the availability of unlicensed spectrum, and the adoption of new technologies. These decisions will ultimately have an impact on the quality and cost of future broadband services. The occasion for this publication is opportune, and the knowledge gained from it will ultimately contribute to a proactive agenda by the decision makers in the region.