CTVR attends GSMA-hosted workshop on the ‘Economics of Spectrum and Whitespaces’ in Brussels.
Linda Doyle and Tim Forde presented their views on the application of cognitive radio technologies at a GSMA-hosted workshop on the ‘Economics of Spectrum and Whitespaces’ in Brussels, Belgium on 31 August, 2010. In a session looking at the economic perspectives of TV whitespace, Linda and Tim joined Prof. Thomas Hazlett of George Mason University to share our research experience with leading academics, policy makers and network operators. Based on our experience at CTVR, we advocated the application of a service and technology neutral licensing approach to this spectrum, highlighting that many cognitive radio techniques have broader applicability than just the typically mentioned licence-free, or commons, regimes. Subsequent sessions on the policy and operational perspectives featured contributions from Prof. William Webb of Ofcom, UK, representatives from Vodafone, UK and from the European Commission, among others. The workshop reinforced the inter-disciplinary nature this emerging spectrum space; the need for dialogue and exchange of ideas between technical, regulatory and economic stakeholders was underlined.