Communications, Media, and Internet

Spectrum Management

Spectrum Management

Radio spectrum is a key input into many economic activities, including mobile telephony, wireless broadband, television, defense, and public safety. Usable frequencies are a finite public resource, meaning that governments are required to intervene to manage allocation and pricing. In recent years, encouraged by economic advisors including NERA, regulators have increasingly turned to market mechanisms to promote efficient spectrum use. Reforms such as auctions, trading, liberalization of use, and incentive pricing have helped to increase downstream competition and accelerate the growth of new wireless services, realizing potentially huge gains for national economies.

NERA provides expert assistance on all spectrum management issues that require economic input. Our areas of expertise include:

  • Spectrum allocation, including digital dividend policy, re-farming of mobile spectrum, and unlicensed spectrum;
  • Spectrum licensing, including the choice of award format, packaging of frequency lots, license terms and conditions, and consultations;
  • Spectrum auction design and implementation, including provision on software for running secure online auctions;
  • Spectrum pricing;
  • Spectrum trading and liberalization; and
  • Valuation of spectrum, both in relation to individual licenses and the broader contribution of spectrum bands, and uses to society.

Our advice is grounded in a thorough understanding of the services that can be deployed using different frequency bands, including:

  • Mainstream consumer services, such as wireless broadband, mobile telephony, radio, and television;
  • Other commercial uses, such as satellite, data backhaul, private mobile radio, and program making & special events (PMSE); and
  • Public uses, such as the military and public safety.

NERA's spectrum experts have worked for a diverse clientele around the world, including: national regulators, international bodies, industry associations, and commercial operators from the mobile, defense, satellite, television, and other industries. We also partner with technology, engineering, and legal advisors to offer solutions for spectrum management issues requiring inter-disciplinary skills.

Name Title Location Phone Email
Dr. Alan Cox Managing Director
Chair of NERA's Intellectual Property Practice
San Francisco
Toronto
+1 415 291 1009
+1 415 291 1009
+1 416 868 7314
alan.cox@nera.com
Dr. Christian Dippon Managing Director
Chair of NERA's Global Energy, Environment, Communications & Infrastructure Practice
Washington, DC
San Francisco
+1 202 466 9270
+1 415 291 1044
christian.dippon@nera.com
Dr. Jeffrey A. Eisenach Managing Director
Co-Chair, Communications, Media, and Internet Practice
Washington, DC
London
+1 202 448 9029
+44 20 7659 8500
jeff.eisenach@nera.com
Dr. Richard Hern Managing Director London
Berlin
+44 20 7659 8582
+49 30 700 1506 01
richard.hern@nera.com
Dr. Chantale LaCasse Managing Director Washington, DC
Toronto
+1 202 466 9218
+1 416 868 7314
chantale.lacasse@nera.com
Richard Marsden Managing Director New York City
London
+1 212 345 3000
+44 20 7659 8618
richard.marsden@nera.com
James Mellsop Managing Director Auckland
Wellington
Sydney
+64 9 928 3290
+64 4 819 2550
+61 2 8864 6536
james.mellsop@nera.com
Dr. Soren Tang Sorensen Associate Director London +44 7775 018622 soren.sorensen@nera.com
Kevin Counsell Senior Consultant Wellington +64 4 819 2551 kevin.counsell@nera.com
Dr. Lewis Evans Affiliated Academic Wellington +64 4 474 1320 lew.evans@vuw.ac.nz
Dr. Carlo Scarpa Affiliated Academic Rome +39 06 488 8101 carlo.scarpa@nera.com
Title Type Author
The Impact of High Spectrum Costs on Mobile Network Investment and Consumer Prices White Paper By Richard Marsden, Hans-Martin Ihle, and Peter Traber
Effective Spectrum Pricing: Supporting Better Quality and More Affordable Mobile Serv... Report By Richard Marsden, Dr. Bruno Soria, and Hans-Martin Ihle
Mechanisms to Incentivize Shared-Use of Spectrum Report By Richard Marsden and Hans-Martin Ihle
NERA Reports on Ofcom's Consultation on Annual Licence Fees for 900 MHz and 1800 MHz ... Report By Richard Marsden, Jonathan Falk, and Jonathan Pike; and Tomas Haug, Philipp Kröger, and Alexander Malanyuk
US AWS-3 Spectrum Auction: Back to Basics in Auction Design White Paper By Richard Marsden and Jonathan Pike
US 600MHz Incentive Auction: Reverse Auction Rules & Forward Auction Rules Topic By Richard Marsden and Jonathan Pike
Global Trends in Spectrum Auctions and Implications for the Americas Presentation By Dr. Chantale LaCasse and Richard Marsden
Consumer Demand for Mobile Phone Service in the US: An Examination beyond the Mobile ... Study By Dr. Christian Dippon
Telecommunications Deregulation Topic By Dr. William E. Taylor with MIT Department of Economics Professor Dr. Jerry Hausman
Auction Design and the Success of National 3G Spectrum Assignments Working Paper By Dr. Gary Madden with Dr. Ismail Saglam of TOBB University of Economics and Technology and Aaron Morey of Curtin University