This paper provides an overview of the policy implications of technological developments in the field or radio technologies, and how these technologies can accommodate an increased level of market competition. It is based on the work currently carried out in the SPORT VIEWS (Spectrum Policies and Radio Technologies Viable in Emerging Wireless Societies) research project for the European Commission (FP6).
This paper surveys new and emerging radio technologies and their relevant characteristics with regard to spectrum management and the economics of spectrum. It provides an analysis of the challenges facing existing radio technologies, spectrum usage, management and existing mechanisms for spectrum allocation.
Within the survey made in this study the focus is on technology innovations in fixed, mobile (including nomadic) and broadcasting systems. At certain points connections and dependencies with other forms of spectrum use may be observed (such as radars, navigation systems, astronomy etc). Only the effect on the technology developments in radio communications of these other forms of spectrum use is mentioned.