Open spectrum for development - collected research and articles

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Publication date: 
February 2011

APC’s “open spectrum” initiative aims to provide an understanding of spectrum regulation by examining the situation in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The timely research coincides with the rapid growth of wireless and mobile in Asia, Africa and Latin America, and raises fresh questions about the use of spectrum and the policies that govern it. The research looks at how spectrum is assigned, who assigns it, and what policy or regulatory framework they use.

Read the full-length policy brief on open spectrum for development.

Synthesis of the national reports from Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela, and the preliminary versions of the reports in Spanish:

The need to build alliances in Ecuador for better spectrum use and regulation
Finding a balance in spectrum regulation in Venezuela
Spectrum regulation in Argentina: The need to move from broadcasting to access
A key moment for getting spectrum in the public agenda in Peru
Spectrum in Colombia: Towards a participative model

The synthesis of the national reports are also available in Spanish.

You can also find the national reports’ synthesis written by Carlos Afonso, in Spanish: Uso del espectro en América Latina: síntesis complementaria de los informes a los estudios de caso de Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, Ecuador, Perú y Venezuela.

Reports by the participating countries are now online:

Short articles that synthesise policy gaps and the potential for growth in the sector:

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