Global Economic Position
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), CTIA, GSMA, private industry, and the White House are all in agreement that there is a looming bandwidth crunch that would pose a threat to the future and ﬁnancial stability of the $3.6 trillion global wireless industry.
North American wireless revenues alone account for $670 billion of this industry, which is 3.5% of the region’s GDP. Numerous technical reports from sources including the White House and The Brattle Group have highlighted the need for additional spectrum.
Since FCC-licensed spectrum owners control the wireless airwaves in the U.S., they are the direct suppliers of bandwidth. As a result, the demands and responsibilities of being reliable and sustainable sources of wireless data rests with wireless carriers.
In the long term, carriers work with regulatory bodies to project needed wireless spectrum. Efforts to make the required amount of wireless spectrum available, through the reallocation of existing frequencies to other users, often take over a decade to enable.
Wireless spectrum efficiency is ultimately limited by the laws of physics and encumbered by previous allocations.
As a result, the wireless industry spends heavily on new equipment as radio technology advances. According to Brattle, between 2008 and 2014, “wireless operators invested over $160 billion on network enhancement. Even with additional spectrum, a similar ﬁnancial commitment will be needed to further enhance and expand networks to help meet signiﬁcantly higher data volume demands in the future.” Transpositional Modulation allows for increased spectral efficiency and substantially higher data throughput while utilizing the currently allocated spectral bands.
Enabling a Massive Technology Ecosystem
Access to quality bandwidth has led to growth and innovation in the technology ecosystem, thus necessitating improvements to infrastructure to continue to provide quality mobile bandwidth. A lack of access to quality and reliable bandwidth will likely throttle innovation.