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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UK regulator wants to know how 5G will impact on fixed wireless services, opens consultation

UK communications regulator Ofcom has opened a consultation to consider the future of spectrum currently used by fixed wireless services,  investigating how these bands might be impacted by the advent of 5G access and increased mobile backhaul demands. The consultation refers to assessing the impact on fixed wireless services in bands from sub-6 GHz right up to 130-174.8 GHz. The regulator noted that WRC-15 – the ITU-hosted mega-meeting that meets every four years to harmonise spectrum allocations – identified the 1492-1518 MHz band (currently…

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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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