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Chapter 1: Introduction > 1.3 The Role of Standards, Regulation and Competition...

1.3 The Role of Standards, Regulation and Competition Policy

The standards documents describe the expected performance and behaviour of the functions of the complete product. Engineering is applied to ensure the complete product behaves in accordance with these standards.

The cost and realisable value of a wireless network is heavily influenced by the characteristics of the radio channels used for communication. This is because wireless communications have a unique ability to interfere with one another. In the US in the 1920s for example, competing radio broadcasters progressively increased transmitted power close to the point where no one could receive anything clearly. The Federal Communications Commission was established in 1934 to impose order on chaos and the basic principles of radio and TV regulation became established in national and later international law. As a result, spectral policy today has a direct impact on radio engineering cost and complexity.


  

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