Tender: Study on Spectrum Assignment in the EU
Belgium, 06 June 2016
The objective of this study is to support the Commission's policy making through a further assessment – additional to preceding work commissioned by the Commission services or available from other sources - of the specific elements, processes and conditions under which radio spectrum for wireless broadband, and in particular for 5G usages, should be authorised and assigned by Member States and – having regard also to the Commission's forthcoming revision proposals - how spectrum access can contribute more fully to the general objectives set out by the EU regulatory framework.
The successful tenderer will be required to:
Task I: General authorisations and individual rights of use,
describe the approach used by each of the 28 Member States of the EU since May 2011 to determine the use of general authorisations or that of individual rights of use, including under what circumstances and conditions;
identify and describe under which circumstances and for which particular spectrum usages, the choice of either general authorisations or individual rights of use (or a combination of both) is more adequate, taking into account the advent of 5G technologies including its expected market and technological developments, its networks' characteristics and architecture, the various levels and methods of protection against interference required, Internet of Things applications etc. as well as the principle of an effective and efficient use of spectrum;
identify and describe which elements of general authorisations or individual rights of use would benefit from a more convergent and consistent approach within the EU to deliver better outcomes in terms of timely and efficient availability and use of spectrum, development of innovative new services and business models and a successful introduction of 5G in Europe, and consequently identify specific aspects which would most benefit from secondary policy development.
Task II: Selection processes for authorising the use of radio frequencies ("assignment procedures") and conditions attached to the rights of use for radio frequencies ("spectrum usage conditions"),
describe the approach used by each of the 28 Member States of the EU since May 2011 to determine (i) the policy objectives and the elements of the assignment procedures (including an overview of the process and the authorities involved or consulted) and (ii) the licence conditions;
describe and quantify to what extent (i) elements and conditions of spectrum assignment procedures1 and (ii) spectrum usage conditions will have an impact on the assignment results, such as for example on the price paid for the spectrum, the timeframe between allocation and assignment and effective use, the trading or leasing of spectrum, spectrum sharing and on mobile markets, such as in terms of the number of players (and new entries), the competitive dynamics generally (including MVNO share of mobile users), and network coverage in order to identify which might be most significant in the context of 5G deployment needs;
identify and quantify to what extent (i) elements and conditions of spectrum assignment procedures and (ii) spectrum usage conditions will have an impact on operators' business decisions regarding investments in network deployment and provision of electronic communication services with a view to foster the availability of 5G services across the EU;
identify for which elements and to what extent a consistent approach within the EU with regards to assignment procedures and spectrum usage conditions, including with competition law principles, would contribute most significantly to alleviating specifically identified problems and delivering more timely and appropriately available spectrum with a view to foster the availability of 5G services, and consequently identify specific aspects which would most benefit from secondary policy development.
Submission Deadline: 19 July 2016
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