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.
All pioneer bands: DESI Score
IDATE DigiWorld, September 2020
700 MHz band: DESI Score
IDATE DigiWorld, September 2020
3.6 GHz band: DESI Score
IDATE DigiWorld, September 2020
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

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