Government & regulators

Independent advice for policymakers

Resources for governments and regulators

Informed, up-to-the-minute advice

In this short video, Real Wireless Government and Regulatory expert Mike Goddard explains how regulators and governments have benefited from informed and independent advice on matters that include spectrum policy, techno-economic analysis, new business models like neutral host, and the implications and impact of 5G for governments and society.

Government support

Real Wireless’ spectrum and regulatory lead Abhaya Sumanasena explains our offer to governments and regulators.

Case history

How do we work with regulators?
Download our case history about a
project with Austrian regulator RTR.

CEO view

Real Wireless CEO Mark Keenan explains why getting local deployment regulations right is becoming increasingly urgent.

World class, impartial spectrum and regulatory expertise

Spectrum, user expectations and 5G all present challenges for governments and regulators. Real Wireless offers evidence based independent advice to help regulators and governments to help navigate these challenges and assess the benefits of different technology choices.

Our services in this area can be described within five broad categories.

Expertise Area

Details

Spectrum policy developments and spectrum management support

Advising on policy, radio spectrum management issues, consultation support and stakeholder interactions, public and private networks

Spectrum requirements analysis and technology mapping

Spectrum requirements analysis for governments and users (for specific services, applications and use cases including industry sectors) and technology mapping, assessing the feasibility of alternative bands

Coverage obligation analysis and cost modelling

Modelling and analysis to estimate costs to meet coverage obligations

Spectrum pricing and spectrum auction support

Carrying out spectrum valuation and due diligence analysis

Spectrum access mechanisms and spectrum technology studies

Carrying out co-existence, spectrum sharing and interference analysis

These challenges need a clear understanding of the ever-changing wireless landscape and the knowledge and ability to make swift decisions. Real Wireless offers both.

Spectrum policy developments and spectrum management support

Government policy makers and regulators often have to solve issues with conflict of interests in formulating policy. Allocating spectrum for different services such as mobile, satellite and broadcasting etc. has always been a challenging task and is likely to be an increasing source of tension in the years to come. Having participated in hands-on negotiations at the international level in WRCs and EU/CEPT meetings, we know how the regulatory mechanisms work and can provide invaluable insight to help policy makers to make the right choices during the spectrum negotiations and progressive policymaking.

Spectrum requirements analysis and technology mapping

Demand for spectrum increases for most spectrum users. But which services and applications deserve the most and how much spectrum is really needed? Given these challenges, how can regulators and governments encourage innovation, promote competition? Repurposing spectrum for higher value users or for spectrally efficient technologies can increase the efficient use of spectrum and could help manage the demand. Another option could be spectrum sharing. However, we shouldn’t underestimate the complexities, costs and the impact of uncertainties involved in making sharing mechanisms work. Cost benefit analysis is essential to justify these decisions, which is where Real Wireless can help. We have extensive experience working with policy makers to develop evidence-based and justifiable solutions for such new challenges.

Spectrum pricing, coverage obligations and spectrum auction support

For some services (e.g. mobile) finding spectrum is only a part of the solution. There are other key issues, but each has its own challenges and costs. This is why we need to carry out cost modelling. For instance, how much does it cost to cover 99% of a population? What are the site requirements and likely costs? What is the trade-off between these costs, benefits to consumers and the contribution to the economy? The answers always come from a robust cost benefit analysis. This helps regulators place sensible and realistic conditions such as coverage obligations on licences and helps spectrum users decide on their bidding strategy to acquire spectrum in an auction. Spectrum valuation to decide the right reserve price is something we excel at.

Spectrum access mechanisms and spectrum technology studies

Technologies are always at the heart of the evolution of wireless services. Our deep understanding of the technologies involved and their evolution put us in a unique position to give our clients the best impartial advice. Spectrum needs analysis is closely linked to technology mapping, understanding of substitutability of spectrum bands or technologies and the ability for different radio applications to co-exist. Our experts actively engage with the industry on horizon scanning for new technologies that may impact on policy making thus enabling us to provide informed, independent, up-to-date expert knowledge based on our deep understanding of these issues.

Our credentials – meet the experts

Our experts have no affiliation to any vendor, we’re technology agnostic and utterly committed to matching the right solution with your needs. We have deep understanding of connectivity technologies, architectures and deployment solutions, and are equally comfortable helping our clients to develop the business models that help maximise investments.

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