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Friday, November 22, 2019

Global regulators identify mmWave spectrum for 5G services

By Nick Flaherty

After a month of 'difficult' negotiations, regulators at the ITU’s World Radio Conference (WRC-19) meeting this week agreed a range of frequency bands for millimetre wave 5G service.

This impacts on the antenna and chipset designs going forwards for mobile handsets, hubs and wireless links for the Internet of Things (IoT) as well as determining the data bandwidth that will be available for services.

Over 10 GHz of spectrum for 5G in the 26, 40, 47 and 66 GHz ranges was agreed.

"GSA members have participated in the difficult negotiations that have taken place in the run up to this decision, particularly with regards to 26 GHz, keeping in mind the need to protect satellite services in the adjacent spectrum while remaining committed to delivery of high–performance economical solutions to the global markets," said the Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA).

"The GSA is also delighted that administrations have agreed to study additional spectrum opportunities in the mid-band frequencies between 3.3 and 10.5 GHz, as well as spectrum below 1 GHz. This will help enable 5G services to be further deployed in wider geographical areas, including rural areas, as well as meet the anticipated increased traffic needs of population centres in the next decade."

“The Industry forecast is that by 2024 over 130 Exabytes of data will be transmitted globally every month and the mobile industry will need to massively deploy 5G technology in a broad range of frequency bands to meet this demand," said Joe Barrett, President of the GSA. "Applications that will drive this massive data usage include 8k mobile video, Augmented and Virtual Reality, HD video, industrial automation and robotics, drone and aeronautical networks and the IoT. 

"Spectrum regulators have recognized that low-, mid- and high-band frequencies need to be available and harmonised globally as much as is possible to ensure mobile broadband can meet the expanding services both industry and consumers are expecting in the coming years," he said.

There are 183 5G devices from 72 vendors tracked in the GSA GAMBoD database, with at least 42 are commercially available:

There are now 50 5G commercial networks in 27 countries. By the end of October 2019, 328 operators in 109 countries had announced they were investing in 5G:

5G Modems Chipsets + LTE & IoT: Status Update:

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