Business Scenarios for the Ecosystem Surrounding Licensed Shared Access
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Licensed Shared Access (LSA) is a regulatory approach in spectrum sharing which aims to meet the requirements of the high demand after frequency spectrum. Allowing incumbent spectrum users (license holders of the frequency bands) to share their underutilized spectrum with a limited number of LSA licensees (secondary users), LSA guarantees certain Quality of Service (QoS) under pre-defined sharing conditions between them. There exists numerous works related to the concept of spectrum sharing and LSA. Considering several studies only look at Mobile Network Oper- ators (MNOs) as service providers wanting to use spectrum shared by license holders, there are limitations needed to be challenged. To ensure a streamlined migration from the traditional exclusive spectrum access to LSA, several aspects have to be examined. This thesis presents the business scenarios for LSA and its surrounding ecosystem. Possible deployment strategies and a business model for LSA will be presented, along with examination of ecosystem actors and corresponding benefits for those actors. Finally, an SCOC-Analysis will be provided for strategic decisions to understand the different strengths, opportunities and challenges for the deployment of LSA. A business model for LSA is provided by the Osterwalder business model canvas to answer what the cost structures look like and what the revenue streams devoted to LSA are. Furthermore, an strategic SCOC-analysis for LSA is proposed, and several challenges are addressed, including adoption of new technology and cross-border challenges. Lastly, the current state of the development of LSA and the technologies needed are presented along with possible reactions from key ecosystem actors for deployment strategies towards LSA. Conclusively, in order to assist for the progress of the adoption of LSA, regulators and standardization organizations have to establish compatibility and omnipresent deployment.