Dynamic Spectrum Alliance Releases White Paper on Automated Frequency Coordination

March 15, 2019 Laura Dolan

Washington, DC. Dynamic Spectrum Alliance’s (DSA) has released a new policy research report titled, Automated Frequency Coordination: An Established Tool for Modern Spectrum Management.

The report states that automated frequency coordination (AFC) systems are essential in revealing unused spectrum capacity by automatically searching databases for which radio frequencies are available for wireless devices to use at a given location and time.

The DSA White Paper features the following conclusions:

·  Automated spectrum management systems have been widely adopted, and the number of radios managed by these systems is expected to increase significantly over the next decade.

·  AFC will greatly expand the supply of wireless connectivity that is fast becoming a critical input for most industries and economic activity.

·  AFC enables lower transaction costs while enabling spectrum to be used more efficiently.

·  AFC can protect incumbents from interference with greater certainty.

·  The availability, flexibility and reliability of AFC systems help national regulatory authorities to meet the growing and very diverse spectrum needs of both industries and individuals, while ensuring no interference to incumbent services in shared bands. 

“At a time when regulators are under increased pressure to meet wireless connectivity demands, AFC is critical to enable more efficient shared use of underutilized frequency bands while protecting incumbent services from interference,” said DSA Board’s Chairman, Paul Garnett. “Automated spectrum databases are now a proven means of achieving large-scale, low-cost, and virtually real-time access to communications capacity that would otherwise go unused.” 

The full white paper can be found here.

The report summary can be viewed here.

For more information, visit http://www.dynamicspectrumalliance.org/.

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