Conclusions and Future Work

Oliver Holland*, Hanna Bogucka, Arturas Medeisis

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Big steps are being made toward the widespread practical realization of opportunistic spectrum sharing and white space access technologies, spanning many areas of technical interest, approaches, and facilitators. This book has summarized important progress and the current state and achievements in the realization of such capabilities. It has looked at hardware and software facilitators for flexible radio supporting opportunistic spectrum sharing and white space access, highlighting the methodologies, technical aspects, implementation specifics, and use cases for these facilitators. It has discussed important algorithms and facilitating technical mechanisms on top of such aforementioned flexible PHY/MAC capabilities, such as information acquisition mechanisms and supporting knowledge building on available spectrum for opportunistic sharing, flexible waveforms, and the ability to aggregate/combine resources that are realized through opportunistic access, and machine implementable policies and policy management frameworks for opportunistic sharing. It has summarized progress in the essential area of regulation supporting opportunistic spectrum sharing and white space access, including licensing aspects, the status in two pioneering arenas of major progress in TV white space utilisation, the United States and the United Kingdom, and the key underpinning concept of geo-location databases particularly in the US and UK contexts. Further, this book has discussed some key business, economic, and market considerations supporting opportunistic spectrum sharing and white space access, noting that the business case must exist for any such technology to succeed as a game-changer for the wireless world. Otherwise such technologies would be left to contribute to slow incremental technological innovation within the confines of traditional wireless networking technologies and business models. Finally, this book has overviewed a number of deployment examples and related developments supporting these technologies, such as opportunistic spectrum sharing-related standards - particularly in the area of TV white space but also in the arena of more general supporting elements including policy, network, and spectrum management. The contributions by world-renowned experts within this book underline key up-to-date achievements in bringing opportunistic spectrum sharing and white space access to the practical reality, as well as appropriate ways forward in the consideration of practical challenges in the deployment of opportunistic spectrum sharing concepts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOpportunistic Spectrum Sharing and White Space Access: The Practical Reality
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781119057246
ISBN (Print)9781118893746
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jul 2015


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