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An Agent-Based Model for Secondary Use of Radio Spectrum

Tonmukayakul, Arnon (2008) An Agent-Based Model for Secondary Use of Radio Spectrum. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Wireless communications rely on access to radio spectrum. With a continuing proliferation of wireless applications and services, the spectrum resource becomes scarce. The measurement studies of spectrum usage, however, reveal that spectrum is being used sporadically in many geographical areas and times. In an attempt to promote efficiency of spectrum usage, the Federal Communications Commission has supported the use of market mechanism to allocate and assign radio spectrum. We focus on the secondary use of spectrum defined as a temporary access of existing licensed spectrum by a user who does not own a spectrum license. The secondary use of spectrum raises numerous technical, institutional, economic, and strategic issues that merit investigation. Central to the issues are the effects of transaction costs associated with the use of market mechanism and the uncertainties due to potential interference.The research objective is to identify the pre-conditions as to when and why the secondary use would emerge and in what form. We use transaction cost economics as the theoretical framework in this study. We propose a novel use of agent-based computational economics to model the development of the secondary use of spectrum. The agent-based model allows an integration of economic and technical considerations to the study of pre-conditions to the secondary use concept. The agent-based approach aims to observe the aggregate outcomes as a result of interactions among agents and understand the process that leads to the secondary use, which can then be used to create policy instruments in order to obtain the favorable outcomes of the spectrum management.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairH. Weiss, Martin Bmbw@pitt.eduMBW
Committee MemberDuffy, Johnjduffy@pitt.eduJDUFFY
Committee MemberLewis, Michaelml@sis.pitt.eduCMLEWIS
Committee MemberKrishnamurthy, PRASHK
Committee MemberThompson, Richard Athompson@sis.pitt.eduRTHOMPSO
Date: 31 January 2008
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 15 October 2007
Approval Date: 31 January 2008
Submission Date: 6 November 2007
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Information Science
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: agent; secondary market; spectrum management
Other ID:, etd-11062007-170351
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:04
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:51


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