Series: Africa and Spectrum 2.0

This is a series of articles produced with the support of Research ICT Africa on the emerging issues around electromagnetic spectrum polices and technologies in the rapidly evolving access environment in Africa.

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Why Can’t Anyone Agree on Spectrum?

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Africa and Spectrum 2.0Electromagnetic spectrum is the crude oil of last-mile connectivity, especially in Africa where more traditional kinds of last-mile communication infrastructure are not especially well-developed. As in the...

/ 1 August 2013

Spectrum — To License or Not To License

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Africa and Spectrum 2.0In part one of this series on Spectrum 2.0, I highlighted just how complex radio spectrum management is and why experts can’t seem to agree on whether...

/ 25 October 2013

Spectrum Auctions for Beginners

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Africa and Spectrum 2.0In the previous article, I looked at the merits of licensed vs. unlicensed spectrum and suggested that there might be scope for some new approaches. Here we’re...

/ 3 December 2013

Africa’s LTE Future

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Africa and Spectrum 2.0If you follow communication infrastructure in Africa, you would be forgiven if you have begun to think of LTE as the promised land.  There is no doubt...

/ 17 January 2014

Spectrum and the Paradox of the ITU

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Africa and Spectrum 2.0The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is a paradox.  It is simultaneously an enabler and an obstacle to progress when it comes to radio spectrum. Formed in the...

/ 20 March 2014