5G pioneer bands identified at EU level are the 700 MHz, the 3.6 GHz (3.4-3.8 GHz) and the 26 GHz (24.25-27.5 GHz) frequencies.
5G pioneer bands identified at EU level are the 700 MHz, the 3.6 GHz (3.4-3.8 GHz) and the 26 GHz (24.25-27.5 GHz) frequencies. In the middle of 2019, all bands should be harmonised:
• The 700 MHz band has been harmonised through an EC Implementing Decision (EU) 2016(687) of 28 April 2016. The UHF Decision foresees availability of 700 MHz frequencies for 5G in Europe by mid-2020.
• On January 24th, 2019, the European Commission confirmed the harmonisation of the 3.4-3.6 GHz frequencies for 5G use with an amending Decision. This new Decision enable Member States to reorganise and allow the use of the considered frequencies for 5G by December 31st, 2020.
• This Decision will be followed in Q1 2019 by a similar Decision on the 26 GHz frequencies.
The ruling reminds that 5G is not mandatory in the 3.6 GHz band as spectrum in Europe is assigned based on the technology neutral principle. It also provides updates on the technical conditions to make 3.4-3.8 GHz frequencies 5G ready. Member States will decide on their own the amount, the number and type of licences to be awarded and how coordination with other current services is achieved.
Spectrum has already been assigned in 700 MHz and 3.6 GHz frequencies in Member States and additional auctions are scheduled for 2019 (see details in the last 5G Observatory Quarterly report here).