New EC legislation will allow spectrum trading in the UK
As new technologies create new ways of using spectrum, competing demands for this finite resource must be resolved. Historically, European legislation has prohibited the trading of spectrum but a new EC framework directive changes this. In the UK, recent months have seen the publication of an independent review of spectrum management, which recommends the introduction of trading, and a draft Communications Bill, which paves the way for the adoption of this approach. In a recent study of spectrum policies for Vodafone, Frontier has explored some of the implications of these developments.