5G Spectrum

Spectrum is a major source of preoccupation for 5G, both in sub-6 GHz frequency bands and in millimetre wave bands (above 24 GHz). To meet increasing demand for ever higher mobile data rates, the mobile industry is eyeing new spectrum resources in both low and high frequencies.

WRC-15 key decisions on IMT allocations and use at the global level, were threefold:

  • The 700 MHz band was identified for IMT use in Region 1 (Europe and Africa) and in few countries in Region 3 (Asia-Pacific).
  • The 3.4-3.8 GHz band was also identified for IMT in Region 1, Region 2 (the Americas) and a number of countries in Region 3.
  • Studies are ongoing on 24-86 GHz spectrum ranges for 5G use. The 25-27.5 GHz, 31.8-33.4 GHz, 37-43.5 GHz, 45.5-50.2 GHz, 50.4-52.6 GHz, 66-79 GHz and 81-86 GHz frequencies are particular targets.

Spectrum assignments in EU27+UK in the three pioneer bands (May 2020)

In the 700 MHz band:

Source: IDATE DigiWorld

 

In the 3.5 GHz band:

Source: IDATE DigiWorld 

 

In the 26 GHz band:

Source: IDATE DigiWorld 

 

In the three pioneer bands:

Source: IDATE DigiWorld 
Frequencies where appropriate sharing and compatibility studies have to be conducted in time for WRC-19 (WRC-19 Agenda Item 1.13)
Identification for IMT Additional Allocation
24.25-27.5 GHz 24.25-25.25 GHz
(31.8-33.4 GHz)
37-40.5 GHz
40.5-42.5 GHz
42.5-43.5 GHz
45.5-47 GHz
47-47.2 GHz
50.4-52.6 GHz
50.4-52.6 GHz
66-76 GHz
81-86 GHz
Source: based on ITU WRC-15 final Acts, Resolution 238

Latest News in Europe

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Ofcom welcome comments on the matters set out in this consultation by 12 June 2020

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By the end of 2020, the number of 5G sites is expected to climb to nearly 1,500

VodafoneZiggo activates 5G on existing spectrum in Netherlands

The company said that 5G coverage will reach all the Netherlands by late July

Belgium grants provisional 5G licences in the 3.5 GHz band

5G auction is delayed due to a disagreement between federal and regional governments

Austria sets date for delayed 5G auction

The auction was postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak

ANFR published the first detailed EMF measurements on 5G pilots in the 3.6 GHz band in France

The results obtained have led the ANFR to propose a new wave exposure measurement indicator

Sweden announces multi-band 5G auction in November 2020

The auction is scheduled on November 10, 2020

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