Commenting on the award of the contract, Mike Kennett, Senior Strategy Consultant at CDS, who will lead the Consortium’s work said: “The radio spectrum is very congested, and the proliferation of new wireless services and technologies, such as software defined radio and ultra wide band, is simply going to add to the challenges and problems. The efficient sharing of radio spectrum is essential to ensure minimal interference to wireless users and the highest quality of service.”
The Consortium will investigate different methods of spectrum sharing. Some sharing already occurs including the use of multiple WiFi and other devices in unlicensed bands, as well as utilisation of the same spectrum for both satellite and terrestrial applications.
Ofcom’s recent Spectrum Framework Review reinforces that making efficient use of the radio spectrum is one of the organisation’s key duties. The study being undertaken by the CDS-led Consortium is regarded as an important exercise in testing some of the fundamental thinking and developing novel solutions.
Dr. Kennett continued: “Whilst there have already been many studies into the sharing of specific applications or services, the focus of this new study will be to look at both existing and innovative new sharing schemes with the aim of quantifying their performance and their cost/benefit.”
In addition to a literature study, the Consortium will undertake modelling of the impact of various schemes on quality of service. Those that appear to offer the most promise will be subjected to more detailed analysis and modelling techniques. The final report will provide not only an economic assessment of the cost/benefit of spectrum sharing but will also give an assessment of how best to implement solutions.
Notes for editors
CDS (www.cdseurope.com) is the market leader in network design, coverage planning, coverage measurement and testing, site implementation, network optimisation and maintenance for wireless communications. Specialising in such technologies as GSM, 3G/UMTS, GPRS, WLAN, PMR, Digital Broadcast and Satellite, the company was the first in Europe to offer UMTS testing and the first to design indoor coverage systems for 3G services in the UK. Key clients for CDS include BAA (who own and manage Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports), and the Birmingham Alliance who own and manage the Bullring shopping centre.
CDS is owned by Interregnum plc, the publicly quoted technology merchant bank.
BAA is the operator of the world’s busiest international airport (Heathrow) and many others, and manages complex radio environments where spectrum efficiency is of critical importance. BAA will contribute to the project as a spectrum user with views on required service availability and reliability.
BAE Systems is at the forefront of research into military technologies including wireless systems, and is familiar with regulation of spectrum used by the UK military.
Cardiff University (CU) has considerable research experience in the optimisation of radio networks including spectrum management.
NERA is a leading international economics consultancy that has carried out extensive work for Ofcom and others into the value of spectrum and the costs and benefits of regulatory changes.
Roke Manor Research (RMR) has been at the leading edge of electronics and wireless systems development for many years. It has sophisticated simulation tools which will be used in the project.
Smith Institute (SI) has core expertise in industrial mathematics, where it is the UK's leading intermediate organisation, working closely with industry and policy makers. It has wide experience in system engineering, economic modelling and network modelling.
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