Column: Making scarce spectrum deliver more
The role of spectrum managers, either the government or the regulator, in increasing the efficiency of radio spectrum is of paramount importance as, being the custodian of spectrum, they are the first and most significant stakeholders in this value chain. To meet the objective, they need to innovate in management of spectrum and learn from the various advancements in this field. Many reports on these techniques are available the world over. One case in point is the emergence of packetisation techniques to improve the utilisation of a resource or media. This has been exploited fully by the internet and is now moving to telecom through next generation networks (NGN). Also, each stakeholder has to learn trunking techniques, wherein the same resource is shared among multiple users in a time-domain.
In addition, many regulators and operators have made use of time-slot interchange and packet-switching techniques to improve utilisation many-fold. Examples are internet exchanges, which help in efficient utilisation of precious international connectivity, interconnect-exchanges or telecom-hotels for
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