IJIMT 2016 Vol.7(6): 280-285 ISSN: 2010-0248
doi: 10.18178/ijimt.2016.7.6.687

Spectrum Management of 5G Mobile Technology: A Case Study of Thailand

Settapong Malisuwan, Dithdanai Milindavanij, Jesada Sivaraks, and Noppadol Tiamnara
Abstract— Spectrum is used in extremely diverse fields either in businesses, for public interest or national security including mobile communications, radio communications for aviation, maritime navigation, or for emergency response. The increased demand for spectrum require efficient management to avoid interference among high numbers of simultaneous users of the same spectrum. While certain applications would require highly robust performance over a long distance (a characteristic of lower frequencies), other applications would need very high throughput over shorter distances (a characteristic of higher frequencies). These aspects could be optimally achieved by mobile operators having access to a variety of bands to provide a full 5G service. Therefore, overcoming spectrum management's challenging 5G requirements is a critical issue for the Thai’s telecommunications regulator to maximize the socio-economic benefits for the country. The main objective of spectrum management is to ensure that the highest social and public benefits can be obtained from these radio frequencies through the most efficient way of using them with acceptable levels of signal interference. This paper aims to introduce key principles of spectrum management and provide a guideline of spectrum management for 5G technology. A specific case study of 5G spectrum management in Thailand is discussed Recommendations to improve the efficiency of spectrum management for transitioning to 5G technology are also provided in this research. Therefore, to promote 5G technology development in Thailand, it is essential that efforts be made to improve and amend the Act on the Organization to Assign Radio Frequency and to Regulate the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Services, B.E. 2553 (2010). Creating flexible and soft legal frameworks, so that the most suitable, efficient and demand-oriented technologies are selected.

Index Terms— Spectrum, management, 5G, mobile, Thailand.

The authors are with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), Thailand (e-mail: settapong.m@nbtc.go.th, dithdanai.m@nbtc.go.th, jesada.s@nbtc.go.th).

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Cite: Settapong Malisuwan, Dithdanai Milindavanij, Jesada Sivaraks, and Noppadol Tiamnara, " Spectrum Management of 5G Mobile Technology: A Case Study of Thailand," International Journal of Innovation, Management and Technology vol. 7, no. 6, pp. 280-285, 2016.

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