Technology neutrality: Exploring the interaction between International Mobile Telecommunication and national spectrum management policies

El-Moghazi, Mohamed, Whalley, Jason and Irvine, James (2019) Technology neutrality: Exploring the interaction between International Mobile Telecommunication and national spectrum management policies. Telecommunications Policy, 43 (6). pp. 531-548. ISSN 0308-5961

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.telpol.2019.01.002

Abstract

This paper reviews ITU-R actions with respect to IMT standardisation, and explores how these actions affect national spectrum management decisions such as those related to technology neutrality. Our analysis, which is based on 52 interviews, demonstrates that the IMT standardisation activities do not explicitly influence the decision of the regulator on the adoption of technology neutrality. They do, however, contain a range of positive (encouraging) and negative (discouraging) perspectives that shape the regulator's views on technology neutrality are two contrasting views on whether there is mutual influence between the IMT definitions within the ITU-R, and 3G and 4G market definitions.

Nationally IMT standardisation has largely no influence on the discrimination between mobile technology generations (e.g., 3G, 4G etc.). The IMT spectrum identification has positive influences on selecting technologies from the IMT family.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: IMT, Technology neutrality, ITU-R, Technological choices
Subjects: H600 Electronic and Electrical Engineering
J900 Others in Technology
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2019 12:27
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 09:46
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/38275

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