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M. Matinmikko-Blue, S. Yrjölä, V. Seppänen, P. Ahokangas, H. Hämmäinen and M. Latva-Aho, "Analysis of Spectrum Valuation Elements for Local 5G Networks: Case Study of 3.5-GHz Band," in IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networking, vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 741-753, Sept. 2019. doi: 10.1109/TCCN.2019.2916309

Analysis of spectrum valuation elements for local 5G networks : case study of 3.5-GHz band

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Author: Matinmikko-Blue, Marja1; Yrjölä, Seppo2; Seppänen, Veikko3;
Organizations: 1Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu, 90014 Oulu, Finland
2Nokia Enterprise, Nokia, 90620 Oulu, Finland
3Oulu Business School, Martti Ahtisaari Institute, University of Oulu, 90014 Oulu, Finland
4Department of Communications and Networking, Aalto University, 00076 Espoo, Finland
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Version: accepted version
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Language: English
Published: IEEE Communications Society, 2019
Publish Date: 2019-10-09


Radio spectrum is a scarce natural resource, whose efficient management calls for a thorough understanding of its value. A number of spectrum valuation approaches has emerged considering different elements, some with potentially high uncertainty as future profits, total cost of ownership and societal benefits. Spectrum valuation is important in regulators’ 5G spectrum decisions and will face a new situation, where location specific services and higher carrier frequencies give rise to local network operator models. This paper analyzes the existing spectrum management and spectrum valuation approaches and identifies key elements to consider, when defining and assessing the value of spectrum especially in the context of future local 5G networks. The growing pressure to open the mobile market for location and vertical specific 5G networks promotes new sharing-based spectrum access models, to allow the emergence of local 5G operators. We characterize the identified spectrum valuation elements in the context of these new local 5G networks from the perspectives of the different stakeholder roles including regulators, mobile network operators (MNOs) and entrant local 5G operators. We further present a spectrum valuation case study of the recent 5G spectrum decisions in the 3.5-GHz band in different countries.

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Series: IEEE transactions on cognitive communications and networking
ISSN: 2372-2045
ISSN-E: 2332-7731
ISSN-L: 2372-2045
Volume: 5
Issue: 3
Pages: 741 - 753
DOI: 10.1109/TCCN.2019.2916309
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
512 Business and management
Funding: This research has been financially supported by Business Finland in uO5G project and Academy of Finland in 6Genesis Flagship (grant 318927).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 318927
Detailed Information: 318927 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
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