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Matinmikko-Blue, Marja et al. (2019) : Value of the spectrum for local mobile communication networks: Insights into awarding and pricing the 5G spectrum bands, 30th European Conference of the International Telecommunications Society (ITS): "Towards a Connected and Automated Society", Helsinki, Finland, 16th-19th June 2019, International Telecommunications Society (ITS), Helsinki.

Value of the spectrum for local mobile communication networks : insights into awarding and pricing the 5G spectrum bands

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Author: Matinmikko-Blue, Marja1; Yrjölä, Seppo2; Ahokangas, Petri3;
Organizations: 1Centre for Wireless Communications, University of Oulu, Finland
2Nokia, Finland
3Oulu Business School, Martti Ahtisaari Institute, University of Oulu, Finland
4Department of Communications and Networking, Aalto University, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: International Telecommunications Society (ITS), 2019
Publish Date: 2019-11-07


Spectrum management decisions made by the regulators aim at maximizing the value of spectrum, its efficient utilization and benefits to the society. A major debate in spectrum management globally is currently focusing on 5G spectrum bands and their awards. In fact, several countries have recently made their first 5G spectrum awards decisions, which will have a long-term impact on the mobile communication market. This paper analyses recent 5G spectrum decisions from the spectrum valuation view point and discusses the emerging role of local 5G networks to serve the needs of different vertical sectors. Special attention is put on the awarding and pricing of 5G spectrum and recommendations are given on new pricing mechanisms that take into account the emergence of local 5G networks by different stakeholders. The results highlight the divergence in the spectrum management approaches that the regulators in different countries have taken where the first 5G spectrum decisions have continued to strengthen the mobile network operator (MNO) market dominance while the most recent planned decision aim at opening the mobile market to new local entry through local spectrum access rights.

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Article number: 205199
Host publication: Proceedings of the 30th ITS (International Telecommunications Society) European Conference
Conference: ITS (International Telecommunications Society) European Conference
Type of Publication: D3 Professional conference proceedings
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
Funding: This research has been financiallysupported by Business Finland in MOSSAF project and Academy of Finland in 6Genesis Flagship (grant 318927).
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 318927
Detailed Information: 318927 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2019 The Authors and European Regional ITS Conference. Open access at