Spectrum access options for vertical network service providers in 5G

Heli Vuojala, Miia Mustonen, Xianfu Chen, Kaisa Kujanpää, Pekka Ruuska, Marko Höyhtyä, Marja Matinmikko-Blue, Juha Kalliovaara, Pekka Talmola, Anna-Greta Nyström

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5G will extend the mobile technology deployment beyond the communications industry, bringing connectivity to the explosively growing number of devices and services. To be able to respond to 5G sectors' different requirements, as well as the spectrum scarcity issue, different spectrum access approaches need to be considered. The aim of this article is to identify substantial properties of spectrum access approaches to assess their suitability to 5G vertical use cases. We have defined five optional spectrum access scenarios for 5G vertical network service providers (VNSPs) in acquiring spectrum access to provide a network service to either end users or other companies. The stakeholders involved in the spectrum awarding process are identified, and their roles and targets are examined. Furthermore, the advantages and drawbacks of each scenario are covered. Following the discussion, we were able to highlight some substantive characteristics in terms of suitability assessment, namely reliability, locality and mobility, mobile network operators (MNOs) involvement, costs and time scale. These characteristics were analysed in terms of each scenario to further the scenario's suitability assessment to VNSPs' purposes.

Original languageEnglish
Article number101903
JournalTelecommunications Policy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • radio spectrum access
  • spectrum sharing
  • 5G

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