The frequency spectrum is a scarce and finite public resource that can support a finite number of users. Managing the radio spectrum, therefore, involves weighing up a range of competing factors to ensure the optimal use of all frequency bands.
These factors may include:
• ensuring that the requirements of all radio services are met in an appropriate manner;
• maximizing social benefits arising from radio use, for example, in relation to public safety, national security and emergency; and
• enhancing the country’s competitiveness by ensuring that an adequate spectrum is allocated and assigned to uses that derive reasonable economic value.