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

Mohamed El-Moghazi, Jason Whalley, James Irvine

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)531-548
Number of pages18
JournalTelecommunications Policy
Volume43
Issue number6
Early online date12 Feb 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019

Keywords

  • IMT
  • ITU-R
  • technological choices
  • technology neutrality

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