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Yrjölä, S., Matinmikko, M., Mustonen, M. et al. Analog Integr Circ Sig Process (2017) 91: 187.

Analysis of dynamic capabilities for spectrum sharing in the citizens broadband radio service

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Author: Yrjölä, Seppo1; Matinmikko, Marja2; Mustonen, Miia3;
Organizations: 1Nokia, Oulu, Finland
2University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
3VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Oulu, Finland
4Oulu Business School, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2017
Publish Date: 2018-08-08


This paper seeks to identify and analyze the sources of value creation and capture by key stakeholders in the new Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) three tier spectrum sharing framework introduced by the US President’s Council of Advanced Science & Technology. More flexible and dynamic use of the 3.5 GHz spectrum aims to increase the efficiency of spectrum use in delivering fast growing and converging mobile broadband and media services while paving the way to innovations in technology and business models. In this paper, we focus on key stakeholders’ capability to deal with combined internal and external resources and capabilities in doing business, referred to as dynamic capability. Spectrum sharing, introducing a rapid change in the technology and business environments, requires dynamic capabilities from spectrum offering, spectrum utilization, and spectrum management perspectives. We focus on defining key CBRS functional domains and identifying their key antecedents, elements, and outcomes. The analysis highlights the key role of the regulator in creating a sharing framework with incentives for all the key stakeholders, with different operational and business requirements, and enabling scaling ecosystem. Increased system dynamics in spectrum sharing will introduce a need for big data analytics, near real time network management capabilities and low cost third tier general authorized access radios, leveraging dominant technology ecosystems. This study provides viewpoints for stakeholders about additional ingredients and actions, which may be relevant to promote spectrum sharing in the form of the CBRS. The concept of dynamic capabilities was found useful to analyze the sources of competitive advantage regarding CBRS spectrum sharing.

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Series: Analog integrated circuits and signal processing
ISSN: 0925-1030
ISSN-E: 1573-1979
ISSN-L: 0925-1030
Volume: 91
Issue: 2
Pages: 187 - 201
DOI: 10.1007/s10470-017-0931-5
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
Funding: This work has been done in the Local Area Spectrum Sharing (LASS) and the Cognitive Radio Trial Environment (CORE++) research projects within the 5G programs of Tekes—the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation. The authors would like to acknowledge the project consortium members: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, University of Oulu, Centria University of Applied Sciences, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Anite, Bittium, PehuTec, Finnish Defense Forces, Finnish Communications Regulatory Authority and Tekes.
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