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GSMA makes policy recommendations on 5G

Mobile industry body, the GSMA, has called on governments and regulators to commit to supporting the needs of 5G in the lead-up to the World Radiocommunication Conference in 2019 (WRC-19). “Although the mobile industry, academic institutions and international standards-making bodies are developing the technologies central to 5G, success will depend heavily on affordable access to the necessary amount of spectrum,” says John Giusti, chief regulatory officer, GSMA. “It is essential that sufficient new mobile spectrum is made available – and that operators are allowed to repurpose existing spectrum for 5G when required. Governments are central to the WRC-19 process to identify harmonised spectrum for 5G and incentivise the necessary network investment.” The GSMA has highlighted that mobile spectrum must be quickly identified within three key frequency ranges: sub-1 GHz, 1-6 GHz and above 6 GHz. Recommendations include collaborating on a harmonised approach, as 5G services will require large amounts of spectrum;
adopting national policies to encourage long-term heavy investment in 5G networks; and, given that WRC-19 will be vital to realise the vision for 5G and low-cost devices, “governments and regulators hold the key to enabling the fastest 5G speeds, low-cost devices and international roaming and minimising cross-border interference. If governments fail to agree a common set of bands, then 5G spectrum could become fragmented, which could drive up device costs and undermine access to widespread, affordable 5G.” Read more

  • Tuesday, 22 November 2016

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