Digital Switchover and Regulatory Design for Competing White Space Usage Rights

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Abstract

There has been sustained regulatory support for the development and use of `white space' devices on UHF broadcast spectrum, particularly to provide wireless broadband services on a secondary or `unlicensed' basis. However, as regulators reallocate UHF spectrum released by the digital switchover to new services requiring a high degree of licence certainty (e.g. cellular networks) there will be incompatibilities between the rights of the new licensees and those of unlicensed white space users. What becomes of entrenched secondary usage rights if broadcast spectrum is reallocated to telecommunications and re-licensed on far more exclusive conditions than those currently prevailing for white space devices operating on a secondary basis to broadcasting services? Wide-spread deployment of white space devices could seriously complicate the reallocation of UHF band primary services from broadcasting to higher value users. This article considers Australian regulatory arrangements in light of this issue and suggests licensing reforms required to manage competing white space usage rights in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2011 IEEE International Symposium on Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks, DySPAN 2011
Place of PublicationAachen, Germany
PublisherIEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages32-40
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781457701788
ISBN (Print)9781457701771
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jul 2011
Event2011 IEEE International Symposium on Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks, DySPAN 2011 - Aachen, Germany
Duration: 3 May 20116 May 2011

Publication series

Name2011 IEEE International Symposium on Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks, DySPAN 2011

Conference

Conference2011 IEEE International Symposium on Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks, DySPAN 2011
CountryGermany
CityAachen
Period3/05/116/05/11

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    Freyens, B. P., & Loney, M. (2011). Digital Switchover and Regulatory Design for Competing White Space Usage Rights. In 2011 IEEE International Symposium on Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks, DySPAN 2011 (pp. 32-40). [5936222] (2011 IEEE International Symposium on Dynamic Spectrum Access Networks, DySPAN 2011). IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. https://doi.org/10.1109/DYSPAN.2011.5936222