Wireless spectrum is the lifeblood of the cellular industry and the ability to provide increasingly demanding mobile data services is reliant on the government getting those assets into the hands of wireless operators.
Austin, Texas (PRWEB) March 13, 2014
Wireless industry analysts and carrier regulatory personnel noted the growing need for new spectrum to feed consumer appetite for data-hungry services in the RCR Wireless News Wireless Feature Report, "Spectrum Economics: Fueling Innovation and Growth Across the Wireless Industry," which looks at the current spectrum market. Key takeaways included the direct connection between spectrum resources and investment by wireless carriers into their networks; challenges that lay ahead for the government in conducting spectrum auctions; and how the industry has been able to serve growing consumer needs despite a lack of new spectrum coming to market.
- The relationship between spectrum and the wireless industry
- Government attempts to free up additional spectrum assets
- Relationship between spectrum and carrier investments in their networks
- Plans for upcoming spectrum auctions
- Plans to direct spectrum resources to unlicensed and small cell deployments
- Dan Meyer, Editor-in-Chief, RCR Wireless News
- Bill Ho, Principal Analyst, 556 Ventures
- Jeffrey S. Silva, Senior Policy Director, Telecommunications, Medley Global Advisors
- Steve Berry, President and CEO, Competitive Carriers Association
“Following several years that saw no new spectrum resources come to market, the federal government is ready to conduct three spectrum auctions over the next 18 months, a true drought-to-plenty situation,” explained Meyer. “How the government conducts these auctions as well as the participation level of wireless carriers will have a direct impact on how the mobile space evolves in the coming years.”
Other key trends identified in the report include the work being done to free up spectrum resources for small cell deployments and unlicensed use; how wireless carriers have been able to bolster their service offerings without the support of new spectrum assets; and the connection the spectrum auctions will have in funding the FirstNet nationwide public-safety network.
“The importance of new spectrum resources cannot be understated as even with advancements in technology, consumer demand for mobile services is quickly out-stripping supply,” Meyer added. “Government plans for dealing with this need will have a direct result on the future of the wireless market and the overall health and competitiveness of the U.S. economy.”
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