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
Benjamin Chee Senior Managing Director New York City +1 212 345 0091
Dr. Christian Dippon Senior Managing Director
Chair of NERA's Global Energy, Environment, Communications & Infrastructure Practice
Washington, DC
New York City
+1 202 466 9270
+1 212 345 1732
Dr. Jeffrey A. Eisenach Senior Managing Director
Co-Chair, Communications, Media, and Internet Practice
Washington, DC
+1 202 448 9029
+44 20 7659 8500
Richard Marsden Senior Managing Director New York City
+1 212 345 3000
+44 20 7659 8618
Dr. Soren Tang Sorensen Managing Director London +44 7775 018622
Dr. Will Taylor Managing Director Auckland
+64 9 928 3292
+61 2 8864 6535
Hans-Martin Ihle Director Tokyo +81 3 6871 7044
Dr. Robert Kulick Director Washington, DC +1 202 466 9262
Dr. Hector Lopez Director Washington, DC
Mexico City
+1 202 466 9296
+52 55 9628 7594
Julien Martin Consultant New York City +1 (213) 5977861
Dr. Chantale LaCasse Affiliated Consultant Washington, DC
+1 202 466 9218
+1 416 868 7314
Title Type Author
The Role of Economics on the Road to Autonomous Vehicles and Digital Mobility White Paper Daniel Hanson, Richard Eichmann, Richard Marsden, George Anstey, Grant Saggers, Dr. Garrett Glasgow, Dr. C-Philipp Heller, Dr. Hector Lopez, Dr. Bruno Soria, Dr. Will Taylor, and Adam Rhoten
Strategic Bidding in Combinatorial Clock Auctions – A Bidder Perspective Book Richard Marsden and Dr. Soren Tang Sorensen
The Impact of High Spectrum Costs on Mobile Network Investment and Consumer Prices White Paper Richard Marsden, Hans-Martin Ihle, et al.
Effective Spectrum Pricing: Supporting Better Quality and More Affordable Mobile Serv... Report Richard Marsden, Dr. Bruno Soria, and Hans-Martin Ihle
NERA Further Report on Setting Discount Rates for Annual License Fees for Spectrum Regulatory Filing Tomas Haug, Dominik Hübler, Philipp Kroeger, et al.
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 Richard Marsden, et al.
Updated: US 600MHz Incentive Auction Forward and Reverse Auction Rules Working Paper Richard Marsden, et al.
US 600MHz Incentive Auction: Reverse Auction Rules & Forward Auction Rules Book Richard Marsden, et al.
Local and Regional Licensing for the US 600 MHz Band (Incentive Auction) Report Richard Marsden, Dr. Chantale LaCasse, et al.