Comprehensive Spectrum Valuation and Wireless Performance and Demand Assessment of the Kingdom of Thailand: Towards an Optimised Master Plan
The National Telecommunications Commission of the Kingdom of Thailand is a relatively young regulatory and oversight body. It has expanded recently, and has eager and young staff which seeks to excel and develop international networks. There is a strong interest to obtain latest findings and experience related to regulation and ICT policy.
As we progress into the 21st Century, mobile and wireless services form an increasingly crucial support for trade and growth. With the development of mobile and wireless communications as a key economic driver, regulation that is efficient, balanced and provides an environment for rapid roll-out of reliable and innovative mobile and wireless services is a major component for assuring tomorrow’s prosperity.
In order to achieve, that end, the efficient allocation of radio frequencies - spectrum – is essential. In order to achieve such an allocation, there is a need to first have a comprehensive understanding of the various allocations already in place, and the various legal obligations that such an allocation entails. To this end, a spectrum master plan, in which the various spectrum allocations are identified, for the present situation, and the long term evolution of the spectrum allocation is planned.
Moreover, for the long term evolution of the spectrum master plan, there is a need to assess the impact of spectrum management principles, for the respective future allocations. To that end, there are several possible approaches, and increasingly efficient principles have been developed over time. Currently, there has been an increased emphasis on notions such as:
- service and technology neutrality
- economics based principles of spectrum valuation
- demand as organizing principles of spectrum allocation
- spectrum trading and refarming
- transfer from public spectrum use to commercial use
- convergence between broadcasting and commercial wireless markets
For Thailand, it is of interest to develop both a short-term and long-term spectrum master plan that takes into consideration factors such as above. To that end, a project is proposed with the overall aim to formulate a policy for a spectrum master plan, including its long-term evolution. The project would provide elements, such as the following:
- assessment of the value of the non-commercial spectrum
- assessment of the value of spectrum for the commercial sector
- assessment of the performance of the commercial wireless markets
- assessment of the productivity and output of the wireless commercial actors
- evaluation of future alternative spectrum allocation regimes, including scenarios
- evaluation of the future digital dividend, from the digitization of the broadcasting sector
- demand analysis of current and future wireless services
- comparative studies of relevant country cases
Dr. Colin Blackman, Dr. Simon Forge, Prof. Martin Cave (Warwick Business School), Prof. Stanford L. Levin (Southern Illinois University), Prof. Gary Madden (Curtin University), Dr. Hajime Oniki (Osaka-Gakuin University), Dr. Suphat Suphachalasai (Thammasat University)
The National Telecommunications Commission, co-financed by Chalmers University of Technology