25 Year Spectrum Licenses – Too Long or Good For All?

August 16, 2016 Chris Vanwoerkom

The European Commission plans to propose that telecom spectrum licenses are granted for a minimum of 25 years, Reuters reports.  This is meant to provide investment certainty for telecom operators.  Individual countries may see this as yet another case of the EU taking control of member states rights to choose how and when they auction spectrum. 

 

I admit this is a biased view with no visibility to the discussions that led to this proposal, but given the rate of technology change in wireless communications, I wonder if this is a smart proposal.  Who would have thought that we would be re-allocating spectrum that was previously reserved for terrestrial broadcast stations?  The move to digital formats simply removed the need for so much spectrum.  Who knows what the next technical breakthrough will bring?  25 years is a long time to grant a license in such a rapidly changing field.  This seems like a potential windfall for the telecom operators.

 

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