Spectrum for the enterprise: The role of regulation

A conversation with Eric Fournier, Mike ORielly, and Monica Paolini in collaboration with the Global Spectrum Series 2022, Global Forum

Enterprises in all verticals are embarking on a digital transformation path towards greater efficiency, flexibility, and innovation. To succeed, they need a wireless infrastructure that meets their new connectivity needs in terms of coverage, performance, reliability and security. Increasingly, enterprises want to have control and ownership of the wireless network on their premises. To do so, they need access to spectrum, using a combination of licensed, unlicensed and shared bands.

What is the role of regulation in ensuring enterprises have fair access to spectrum assets? We addressed this question in a Sparring Partners with Eric Fournier, ANFR, Mike ORielly, MPORielly Consulting, and Monica Paolini, Senza Fili, and compare regulatory approaches in Europe, the UK, the US and Asia.

These are some of the topics we debated:

  • Does the enterprise need dedicated spectrum allocations?
  • Isn’t unlicensed spectrum sufficient for enterprise networks?
  • What is the most effective spectrum policy to support the enterprise without penalizing mobile operators and other service providers?
  • How important are spectrum sharing regimes such as CBRS or local spectrum allocations to enable private networks?
  • What’s the best regulatory framework to facilitate enterprise access to the 6 GHz band?

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Eric Fournier

Director Spectrum Planning and International Affair
Agence nationale des fréquences

Mike ORielly

MPORielly Consulting
Former FCC Commissioner

Monica Paolini

Senza Fili


Kendra Chamberlain - Analyst - Senza Fili
Kendra Chamberlain

Senza Fili

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