revolutionary ideas for spectrum policy

Regulations long established should not be changed for light and transient causes.  For many years, a large area of radio regulation has developed based on a consensus that it predominately concerns technical aspects of radio signal interference.  Few persons are able to contribute to deliberations thus organized.  Yet centuries of conversation and experience have explored, … Continue reading revolutionary ideas for spectrum policy

shutting down Little Smart

In her interesting new book, From Iron Fist to Invisible Hand: the Uneven Path of Telecommunications Reform in China, Irene S. Wu describes competition among bureaucracies, consumer demand, and technological innovations as drivers of telecommunications reform in China.   An interesting case study is Little Smart, a low-cost, limited-mobility wireless service that rapidly gained popularity, … Continue reading shutting down Little Smart

enforcing spectrum use rights

Policy analysts and governments have been concerned much more with distributing spectrum use rights than with enforcing them. Distributing spectrum use rights confers benefits on parties who receive them and often generates considerable revenue for governments. Enforcing existing rights, in contrast, always makes at least one party unhappy. Across the world, almost no public records … Continue reading enforcing spectrum use rights

cost of digital radio sytems for public safety

Just outside of Washington, D.C., Arlington County recently opened a new, state-of-the-art emergency communications center (ECC). The ECC includes a new digital radio system that complies with Project 25. Project 25 defines new standards for interoperability of public safety communication systems. Interoperability is a common issue in the communications industry. Communications standards and universal interoperability … Continue reading cost of digital radio sytems for public safety

mobile financial services for low-income persons

Mobile phones have experienced astonishingly rapid take-up in low-income countries. For example, the number of GrameenPhone mobile phone subscribers in Bangladesh grew 105% in 2005 and recently surpassed 10 million subscribers. The telephone coverage rate in Bangladesh, however, is still only 12%. Coverage rates and demographics imply that, globally, almost all mobile subscriber growth in … Continue reading mobile financial services for low-income persons

Carnival of the Mobilists

The Carnival of the Mobilists, a fine collection of blogging on mobile and wireless communication. Check out No. 29 over at Open Gardens.