Increasing demand for spectrum
“Wireless spectrum demands now exceed supply and are expected to continue to do so for the foreseeable future, absent new technology that can alleviate the shortfall.”
The spectrum deficit is expected to hit the both the U.S. and global wireless industries by 2020, starting as early as 2017. Experts in private industry, government, and academia are in consensus that unless a solution is developed, this impending bandwidth shortage will have measurably adverse impacts on the following:
- The U.S. economy and its status in the global economy
- The U.S. gross domestic product (GDP), and employment rates
- Wireless companies which will lose billions of dollars in new expenses and lost revenue
- E-commerce and cloud computing technology which will face major costs as a result of network lags and slowdowns
- Technology innovation in areas such as 5G mobile and the Internet of Things (IoT) including machine-to-machine (M2M) communications
- Net Neutrality as free access to all content on the internet will require bandwidth to be available in excess
- Consumer experiences, both individuals and businesses
A Spectrum-Only Solution Will Not Prevent The Bandwidth Crunch
Considering the far – reaching adverse impacts of the impending bandwidth crunch, solutions are desperately needed. A January 2015 spectrum auction provided an additional 65 MHz of spectrum to the U.S. wireless mobile markets. None of the spectrum from 2015 is likely to be available by 2020 because it takes years before newly acquired spectrum can be deployed to consumers. It is clear that in order to tackle the crunch, potential solutions will need to extend beyond making more spectrum available to users.
TM allows for increased spectral efficiency and increased throughput. This technological advancement will allow more virtual bandwidth and spectrum availability for continued technological advancement along with fulfilling the ever increasing consumer demand for data.