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Shared Spectrum

GSMA/Deloitte report explores options for mobile broadband


A new report from the GSMA, an association of mobile operators and related companies, indicates that shared spectrum can complement — but not replace — the need for
exclusive-access spectrum in the provision of mobile broadband. "The Impacts of Licensed Shared Use of Spectrum," developed by Deloitte, highlights how limitations associated with Licensed Shared Access spectrum agreements can significantly reduce the likelihood of mobile operator investment. Therefore, the potential economic benefits derived from spectrum sharing are ultimately lower than those achieved through exclusive-access spectrum.

The report contains a number of findings based on a model that assesses the prospective value of potential Licensed Shared Access scenarios in the United States and the European Union.


  • Exclusive spectrum licensing would add $260 billion to the US economy between 2016 and 2030.
  • In the case that sharing terms strictly limit the use of spectrum by mobile operators, the value would be sharply reduced to $210 billion, or as little as $7 billion.

The study concludes that the release of exclusive-access spectrum for mobile broadband, rather than shared, offers wide socio-economic benefits for the United States and European Union, including future job creation. It is estimated that the deployment of mobile broadband would generate approximately 2.1 million jobs in the U.S. alone.

The GSMA, headquartered in the U.K., represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. Spanning more than 220 countries, the GSMA unites nearly 800 of the world’s mobile operators with 250 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem.

As used in this document, "Deloitte" means Deloitte LLP [and its subsidiaries]. Please see for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries. Certain services may not be available to attest clients under the rules and regulations of public accounting.

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