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Report Highlights Benefits Of New Spectrum For Wireless Broadband

2/23/2012 10:54 AM ET

A recent report from Obama Administration indicated that the benefits of new spectrum for wireless broadband will help spur economic innovation.

The White House has proposed making an additional 500 megahertz of space available, claiming that it is the only way projected growth in data traffic can be achieved.

The recent explosion of smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices increased wireless traffic by more than 100 percent between 2009 and 2010. Industry forecasters expect the surge in data traffic to continue for at least the next few years.

Based on the numbers, forecasters also say it is not likely that wireless carriers will be able to accommodate the increased demand without additional spectrum, the report explained.

Ways to expand wireless capacity include improvements in special efficiency, increases in network density through cell site construction and offloading traffic to wireless networks via Wi-Fi or other antenna systems.

The report said wireless broadband has the potential to serve as a platform for innovation, which will have great impact on consumer products and services like media-rich mobile apps and high definition streaming video.

Additionally, wireless broadband improves the ability of emergency personnel to communicate efficiently and respond to emergencies faster, the report said.

"Japan and South Korea have been world leaders in rolling out high-speed broadband services, and enjoy high levels of wireless broadband adoption," the report said. "Europe, too, is moving forward with efforts to improve wireless broadband."

The Obama Administration projects that voluntary incentive auctions along with other efficient management measures could generate around $28 billion in revenue over ten years.

by RTT Staff Writer

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