Objectives & Motivation

Why are spectrum sharing & inter-technology coexistence relevant?

New inter-technology interactions are currently emerging in shared spectrum bands, and they are too complex to be efficiently managed by traditional spectrum sharing mechanisms. These were originally designed for licensed cellular bands accommodating a single wireless technology, or unlicensed bands with low to moderate traffic volumes. By contrast, important current trends are opening bands to multiple technologies and supporting high traffic volumes. It is thus crucial to design novel inter-technology spectrum sharing mechanisms that facilitate an efficient overall use of the spectrum, while fulfilling the requirements of each device/technology.

There are many examples of bands where achieving inter-technology coexistence is currently critical. Some of them are:

  • the 5 GHz unlicensed band
  • the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band in the U.S.
  • Licensed Shared Access (LSA) bands in Europe
  • mm-wave bands
  • the recently opened 6 GHz unlicensed band.

Who should come to this tutorial?

This tutorial is suitable for all academic and industry researchers working on emerging wireless technologies operating in shared bands and is particularly targeted at researchers and graduate students that would like to learn about recent regulatory developments, the state-of-the-art spectrum sharing mechanisms, and emerging coexisting technologies.

What should you expect?

You will learn about:

  • why designing spectrum sharing mechanisms for emerging deployments is challenging and worth studying
  • the relevant technical and non-technical aspects affecting spectrum sharing mechanisms for coexisting technologies
  • different regulatory frameworks used for spectrum shared among different technologies
  • diverse examples of inter-technology coexistence cases and how spectrum sharing was/is being designed for them
  • performance evaluation approaches for spectrum sharing mechanisms & their applicability for future coexistence cases
  • open research questions still waiting to be answered.