ITU Inches Closer to Defining 5G Spectrum
The International Telecommunications Union recently concluded the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) and moved forward several initiatives meant to allocate spectrum for mobile broadband. The conference, which recorded some 3,300 attendees, covered more than 40 topics across the gambit of wireless services. One of the key outcomes took steps to address finding spectrum for mobile broadband communications. For example, WRC-15 identified frequency bands in the L Band (1427-1518 MHz) and in the lower part of the C Band (3.4-3.6 GHz) as ideal for meeting the growing demand for cellular broadband around the world. Importantly, WRC-15 defined the 694-790 MHz frequency band in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia as spectrum that can be used across these regions for globally harmonized mobile broadband. The ITU also concluded that research is needed to assess the viability of spectrum above 6 GHz for mobile broadband, and thus wants to see studies conducted on that topic ahead of its next conference, scheduled for 2019. The ITU believes these steps will allow telecommunications equipment companies to "concentrate on the development of necessary technologies in line with the schedule for the implementation of IMT-2020," or 5G. In October, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said he would use the WRC-15 as an opportunity to recommend the ITU adopt certain spectrum bands for 5G, including the 28 GHz, 37 GHz, 39 GHz, and 64-71 GHz bands. These are the bands the FCC believes will be ideal for 5G in the U.S. The ITU did not specify if it agreed with or will entertain Wheeler's proposal for adopting those bands on a global basis.
Sprint Targeting 2019 Launch for 5G On Its 2.5 GHz Spectrum
Sprint today said it is working with Qualcomm and SoftBank to develop 5G technologies, including the 3GPP New Radio (NR) standard, for Sprint's 2.5 GHz spectrum (Band 41). Sprint's 2.5 GHz airwaves offer a massive footprint around the country, making it ideal for providing coverage.
FCC Weighing Mid-Band Spectrum for 5G
The FCC today issued a Notice of Inquiry concerning new spectrum bands it is eying for potential 5G deployments. Until today, the FCC has targeted 5G deployments in spectrum below the 3.7 GHz band and above the 24 GHz band.
FCC Sets Framework for 5G Airwaves
The FCC today adopted a new set of rules that will govern next-generation 5G networks and technologies. Specifically, the FCC defined and opened up nearly 11 GHz of high-frequency spectrum above the 28 GHz band.
FCC Lays Groundwork for Defining 5G Spectrum
The FCC today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to define the spectrum rules that may help form 5G networks in the U.S. It designated four new bands to be studied for 5G.
FCC Hoping for Global 5G Spectrum Bands
Tom Wheeler, chairman of the FCC, today said the agency would like to see 5G technologies used on the same spectrum bands around the world. If a significant number of countries agree to use the same bands for 5G, international roaming will be far less complicated than it is today.