Licensed Shared Access (LSA) Pilot

The Italian Ministry of Economic Development and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission have started a pilot project on the sharing of radio spectrum at 2.3 GHz band, based on the Licensed Shared Access (LSA).

The pilot is developed under the technical coordination of Fondazione Ugo Bordoni and involves industrial partners from numerous European countries: PosteMobile (Italy), Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (Italy), Nokia Networks (Italy/Finland), Cumucore (Finland) Fairspectrum (Finland) and Red Technologies (France).

The project represents a cutting edge initiative to delve deeper on the role that spectrum sharing has, as a tool, to efficiently use spectrum, and at a broader level, to pursue the objectives set out by the Radio Spectrum Policy Programme, fundamental pillar of the European Digital Agenda.

Radio spectrum is a key priority for the European Commission and a better EU coordination in this area is part of the Digital Single Market Strategy (DSM) presented in May 2015.


The LSA approach

LSA is a regulatory approach aiming to facilitate the introduction of radiocommunication systems operated by a limited number of licensees under an individual licensing regime in a frequency band already assigned or expected to be assigned to one or more incumbent users. Under the Licensed Shared Access (LSA) approach, the additional users are authorised to use the spectrum (or part of the spectrum) in accordance with sharing rules included in their rights of use of spectrum, thereby allowing all the authorized users, including incumbents, to provide a certain Quality of Service (QoS) (definition from the European Radio Spectrum Policy Group).

The LSA approach is primarily intended to ensure immediate access to the spectrum to commercial operators, without binding their investments to the times of the traditional process of refarming.


The pilot

This LSA pilot is the world’s first realised in such a large scale and will test the Licensed Shared Access  approach for a more efficient use of spectrum. Spectrum sharing experiments will take place at the premises of the Italian Ministry for Economic Development in Rome over a period of six months. The results of the pilot project will provide important information on practical issues and opportunities linked to the adoption of the LSA policy to network operators and spectrum regulators in the EU and Member States.
The pilot is operated over a period of six months at the Ministry premises in the EUR district in Rome as well as at the Joint Research Centre premises in Ispra (VA). The pilot mainly takes place in an indoor scenario where a radio system based on the LTE technology is deployed in the 2.3-2.4 GHz band. A European Regulatory framework harmonising the use of these frequencies by electronic communications systems and including the shared approach based on the LSA is currently being finalised in Europe.


The pilot at the EXPO2015

Last 25 October, the LSA pilot has been presented at the EXPO2015, where  the European Commission hosted at its pavilion a meeting on “Innovation in the Digital Single Market in Europe – World’s first LSA Pilot” (see the programme and presentations from Markus Mueck and Thomas Tovinger).

The debate highlighted how the pilot will lead to important hints on practical issues and opportunities linked to the adoption of the LSA, providing results both under the technical and regulatory perspective.

The pilot has been specifically presented in a dedicated session, showing a demo and reporting the first achievements.



The final results of the Italian pilot on the LSA have been presented in Rome on 23rd September 2016.


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Last updated on 5 October 2016

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