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GSMA pushes for mobile spectrum

John Giusti, deputy chief regulatory officer at mobile operator group GSMA, has commented on the outcome of the final meeting of the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity’s Conference Preparatory Group (APG) in Seoul, ahead of the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15): “The GSMA is disappointed with the APG’s decision to date to identify only 51 MHz of additional spectrum for mobile broadband at WRC-15. This represents an increase of less than 5% over the total amount of spectrum currently identified for the region. The ITU estimates that governments need much more – double the amount of mobile spectrum available today – to meet the growing consumer demand for data. With 4G rising and 5G on the horizon, and without more spectrum identified, this means that Asia Pacific cannot benefit from economies of scale and affordable connectivity and puts the future of its digital economy at risk.” The GSMA has also published a report that finds that terrestrial digital television broadcasting in the Arab states does not need an exclusive allocation of the UHF spectrum band (470-694 MHz), saying that significant amount of the UHF band could also be used for mobile broadband, “unlocking significant socioeconomic benefits throughout the region”. See http://bit.ly/1hPZulp and http://bit.ly/1NJGmj7

  • Monday, 24 August 2015

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