FCC to approve 110GHz of new spectrum for mobile services

The FCC is today holding an open meeting at which it will “consider” – in effect is likely to approve – a Report and Order that proposes opening up a total of 11GHz of spectrum for mobile services. The proposal is for bands to be made available at the 28 GHz (27.5-28.35 GHz), 37 GHz (37-38.6 GHz), and 39 GHz (38.6-40 GHz) bands, and an unlicensed band at 64-71 GHz. Here’s how that looks: The proposal for licensed use in the…

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National pride in “leading 5G” is a barrier to 5G development

This week the UK’s treasury chief repeated his Government’s desire to make the UK a world leader in 5G. Similarly, EC Digital Commissioner Guther Oettinger was off again on his desire to position Europe as a 5G leader. Despite the increasing tendency of governments to talk of a country, or even region, “leading in 5G” it is empty talk. There are only two potential ways to “lead in 5G”, one is in leading the technology development that goes towards 5G.…

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It’s too early for Europe to get defensive on 5G, Mr Commissioner

Surely it’s too early for arse-covering on 5G? We’re not even at the early standards stages of 5G, so it’s a bit premature to press the “don’t panic/actually do panic” switch. Yet there are signs of twitchiness at the European Commission, given its public summons of leading operators to discuss what can be done to get a move on with turning Europe into a 5G wonderland. As there has been no official statement, beyond that interestingly targetted leak (by whom?) to…

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4G Americas calls for ITU-R to step up on 5G

5G spectrum demands assessed by 4G Americas A co-authored white paper on potential 5G spectrum requirements has called for the ITU-R to step up on 5G, and make sure technical standardisation and 5G spectrum identification and harmonisation proceed in a co-ordinated way. A paper from 4G Americas calls on ITU-R to make sure it identifies frequency bands in a timely manner, and also that it acts as a key driving body for 5G standardisation (bold text below by Inside5G). Standards development and…

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5G Trials Set for Qatar World Cup

The general manager of a Middle-Eastern advisory group has told Inside5G that there will be 5G trial networks for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in 2022. Jawad Abbassi, of Arab Advisors Group, gave an insight to the potential 5G landscape in the region. ‘The usual suspects who have been pioneers in implementing 4G will probably also use 5G when it’s available’, he said. “Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Qatar, and possibly Kuwait, will be the ones who will…

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Jordan Must Act To Become 5G Leader in Middle-East

An Ericsson executive has urged telecommunication companies in Jordan to start preparing for 5G immediately or risk being left behind – despite the fact 4G only launched in the nation earlier this year. “5G will be the solution” The Middle East is set to undergo the strongest mobile data traffic growth of any region in the immediate future, with an expected annual growth of 77% during the next five years. Ericsson’s head of the region, Rafiah Ibrahim, has appealed for…

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Turkey To Skip Straight To 5G In 2017

Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has bizarrely called for the country to leap to a 5G network within just two years – skipping 4G altogether! Turkey’s communications ministers have said that 4G services are planned to be offered next year, with national authority BTK recently setting a May 26 deadline in a 4G tender for frequency segments. But Tayyip Erdoğan has clearly bought into the hype surrounding the next-generation and has called to skip 4G, in order not to ‘lose…

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Ofcom Outlines Potential 5G Spectrum Bands

A preliminary set of spectrum frequency bands above 6GHz for 5G networks have been outlined by Ofcom, the government telecommunications authority for the UK. “global harmonisation of 5G spectrum” Different parts of the 6-100GHz range have been identified and the organisation hopes that the update, which comes after it issued a “Call for Input” (CFI) in January, will help shape the agenda for the World Radio Communication Conference in 2019 as it drives towards ‘global harmonisation of 5G spectrum’. Identifying bands…

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