Reports on 5G multiply
A number of new reports on 5G have been released, indicating an uptick in the need for strategies for mobile technology. The Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE), in ‘Towards the successful deployment of 5G in Europe: What are the necessary policy and regulatory conditions?’, describes two extreme images of possible futures of 5G, ‘evolution’ and ‘revolution’. It details the policy and regulatory framework that would be required to enable each of these images. See here. The UK government has published ‘Next generation mobile technologies: a 5G strategy for the UK’, which includes a section on ‘fit for purpose’ regulation, noting: “We will set out by the end of 2017 whether the government believes further changes are needed to the planning and regulatory system to meet the unique challenges of 5G infrastructure deployment.” See here. French regulator, Arcep, has produced ‘5G: issues and challenges’, a mainly technical report on the views of stakeholders, noting: “5G will thus be not so much a universal technology as a polymorphous, or multi-faceted technology, capable of adapting to any use, up to and including the most demanding ones.” Download at here.
On 5G spectrum, Hong Kong’s Communications Authority plans to open up the 26 GHz and 28 GHz bands in 2019, and the 3.4 GHz to 3.7 GHz bands in 2020. The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority is to make available 100 to 200 MHz of spectrum in the 3.4 GHz to 3.6 GHz bands and up to 1,000 MHz in the 26 GHz band for 5G tests; the UK’s Ofcom is also promoting 26 GHz, said to be a ‘pioneer’ band for 5G in Europe. In the US, the FCC is reviewing the legal framework for infrastructure deployment to identify regulatory barriers to 5G.
- Thursday, 20 April 2017