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Many national regulators have been exploring the viability of implementing a shared licensing scheme such as licensed shared access (LSA) in addition to exclusively licensed spectrum.


  • Higher frequencies such as 2.3GHz and 3.5GHz bands are better suited to a spectrum sharing framework. This is due to fewer limitations on the spectrum in terms of geography, timing, and transmission.

Features and Benefits

  • Evaluates the key components that make up a successful LSA framework.
  • Compares global approaches to shared spectrum licensing.

Key questions answered

  • Which bands are most suited to shared licensing arrangements?
  • Which countries have progressed most toward spectrum sharing?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view


  • Current state of play of spectrum allocation

Shared access licensing regimes

  • Unlicensed spectrum
  • LSA framework

Case studies

  • European Commission (EC)
  • Finland
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • UK
  • US


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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