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Whitepaper: Spectrum Management and the Mobile Services Industry

by Michigan State UniversityJan 01, 2008

Advanced mobile services combine the innovation potential of computing, data communications, and the wireless industry. National and international spectrum management frameworks will strongly influence the course of this sector and many countries are presently searching for the best alternative to the historical system of administrative licensing. Broadening the literature on spectrum policy, this paper studies the implications of five classes of spectrum management regimes for innovation in mobile services. Different types of innovation scenarios can be distinguished, depending on the constellation of sunk cost and the cost of coordination between suppliers along the value chain.