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Chapter 5

Chapter 5:  Impact Assessment of CR policy and Regulation

Abstract

This chapter looks at emerging issues related to carrying out Impact assessment (IA) for identified combinations of techno-economic circumstances and conditions of CR deployment. The aim of such analysis would be to aid the policy discussion and development, by recognising the most attractive and beneficial combinations of regulatory provisions to form the basis for the ultimate CR regulatory framework.

Section 5.1 provides an overview of IA and WG4 perspective on IA guidelines in the case of CR policy. Section 5.2 discusses the alignment of regulation and technology, applying an actor-centric approach. It highlights that successful intro-duction of CR will require alignment between the characteristics of CR and the regulatory regime under which CR will operate. Section 5.3 discusses role of spec-trum regulation and argues that more relaxed spectrum regulations would trigger generation of well suited and flexible services, as they could reduce market entry barriers and allow more service providers to access the spectrum resources. Then, section 5.4 describes a study on Dynamic Spectrum Access (DSA). The introduc-tion of DSA has been challenged by several technical, economic and regulatory factors. The authors develop a framework that combines system dynamics modelling (top-down approach) and Bayesian network data analysis (bottom-up approach) for analysing current mobile markets and their future evolutions possibilities.
This is followed by section 5.5 that looks at the matter of type conformity as-sessment for future CR/SDR apparatus, which would be an important considera-tion for placing equipment on the market. Then section 5.6 analyses reasons of rather sluggish pace of CR innovation, with the aim of suggesting a range of suitable policies to boost further and more fertile developments of CR technology.
The chapter is concluded by section 5.7 that offers spectrum policy analysis from both positive and normative perspectives. It proposes an "agreement frame-work", which could be used as reference template against which future policy analysis could be carried out in similar cases, with regard to emerging CR applica-tions and CR technology in general.

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