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About COST TERRA

COST IC0905 TERRA was one of the European networking activities within the framework of COST - European Cooperation in Science and Technology.

The objective of COST-TERRA was to establish a multi-disciplinary European forum, a Think-Tank, focused on coordinating techno-economic studies for the development of a harmonised European regulatory framework to facilitate the advancement and broad commercial deployment of Cognitive Radio/Software Defined Radio (CR/SDR) systems.

The project was launched in May 2010 and run until May 2014.

This Action leveraged on results and experiences from national and international research initiatives and early standard-setting activities by recommending sound regulatory policies that would facilitate fastest possible uptake and proliferation of CR/SDR.

Realising the important of engaging in discussion with al the major stakeholders in the process, TERRA has been endorsed by and had established working relationships with such bodies as CEPT (European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations, the European club of regulators with one of the focuses on radio spectrum management), ETSI, Wireless Innovation Forum, IEEE DYSPAN SC and the Technical Committee on Cognitive Networks (TCCN) of the IEEE Communications Society.

COST is the intergovernmental treaty organisation and its Actions are being carried out through the legal means of the MoUs signed by the sub-set of COST countries that expressed their wish to join a particular action.

The Mou for COST Action IC0905 TERRA, complete with the Technical Annex, which describes the intended objectives, structure and methods of the Action can be downloaded here.

The countries-signatories of the MoU nominate their representatives to the Management Committee (MC) of the Action. The MC thus becomes the formal managing body of the Action with ultimate responsibilities for establishing and carrying out the work plans as well as for disbursement of financial grant allocated to the Action.

The up-to-date official list of members of the MC for COST Action IC0905 TERRA is available on the COST website.

COST-TERRA also had established working relationships with external institutions and organisations, such as: