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Spectrum occupancy measurements and lessons learned in the context of cognitive radio

Mehdawi, M.; Riley, N. G.; Ammar, M.; Fanan, A.; Zolfaghari, M.


M. Mehdawi

N. G. Riley

M. Ammar

A. Fanan

M. Zolfaghari


Various measurement campaigns have shown that numerous spectrum bands are vacant even though licenses have been issued by the regulatory agencies. Dynamic spectrum access (DSA) based on Cognitive Radio (CR) has been regarded as a prospective solution to improve spectrum utilization for wireless communications. Empirical measurement of the radio environment to promote understanding of the current spectrum usage of the different wireless services is the first step towards deployment of future CR networks. In this paper we present our spectrum measurement setup and discuss lessons learned during our measurement activities. The main contribution of the paper is to introduce global spectrum occupancy measurements and address the major drawbacks of previous spectrum occupancy studies by providing a unifying methodological framework for future spectrum measurement campaigns.


Mehdawi, M., Riley, N. G., Ammar, M., Fanan, A., & Zolfaghari, M. (2016). Spectrum occupancy measurements and lessons learned in the context of cognitive radio. .

Conference Name 2015 23rd Telecommunications Forum, TELFOR 2015
Start Date Nov 24, 2015
End Date Nov 26, 2015
Online Publication Date Jan 11, 2016
Publication Date Jan 8, 2016
Deposit Date May 27, 2016
Publicly Available Date May 27, 2016
Journal Telecommunications forum Telfor (TELFOR), 2015 23rd
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Pages 196-199
ISBN 9781509000548
Keywords Cognitive radio; Duty cycle; Spectrum occupancy measurement; Spectrum utilization
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