Radio Spectrum

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. 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. 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
Benjamin Chee Director New York City +1 212 345 0091 benjamin.chee@nera.com
Dr. Soren Tang Sorensen Associate Director London +44 7775 018622 soren.sorensen@nera.com
Hans-Martin Ihle Senior Consultant Tokyo +81 3 3500 3290 hans.ihle@nera.com
Dr. William S. Taylor Senior Consultant Auckland +64 9 928 3292 will.taylor@nera.com
Title Type Author
Effective Spectrum Pricing: Supporting Better Quality and More Affordable Mobile Serv... Report By Richard Marsden, Dr. Bruno Soria, and Hans-Martin Ihle
NERA Further Report on Setting Discount Rates for Annual License Fees for Spectrum Regulatory Filing By Tomas Haug, Dominik Hübler, Philipp Kroeger, and Georg Arndt
NERA Report on Strategic Bidding in Combinatorial Clock Auctions Regulatory Filing Richard Marsden and Soren Tang Sorensen
The US AWS Auction: The Traditional SMRA – A Long and Winding Road to the Finish Working Paper By Richard Marsden and Jonathan Pike
Updated: US 600MHz Incentive Auction Forward and Reverse Auction Rules Working Paper By Richard Marsden and Jonathan Pike
US 600MHz Incentive Auction: Reverse Auction Rules & Forward Auction Rules Topic By Richard Marsden and Jonathan Pike
Local and Regional Licensing for the US 600 MHz Band (Incentive Auction) Report By Richard Marsden, Dr. Chantale LaCasse, and Jonathan Pike
Global Trends in Spectrum Auctions and Implications for the Americas Presentation By Dr. Chantale LaCasse and Richard Marsden
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
Is Faster Necessarily Better? Third Generation (3G) Take-up Rates and the Implication... Working Paper By Christian Dippon