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    The requirement for spectrum planning stems from the need to manage interference between users. Generally speaking, radio receivers are not able to distinguish between similar strength, multiple transmissions on the same frequency.

    A consequence of the potential for interference is that spectrum is described in economic terms as being a finite, instantly renewable, natural resource. Because the spectrum has the attributes of a limited resource, it has significant economic value and must be managed to maximize its overall benefit.

    The other reason for managing the spectrum relates to harmonization between countries. Generally speaking, various industry sectors, and ultimately consumers, benefit from internationally agreed spectrum arrangements and standards costs are lower through larger economies of scale and the market place is more competitive. For example, the international transport sector relies on global harmonization of spectrum arrangements (and technical standards) to support the safe control and free movement of aircraft and shipping between countries.