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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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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5Qs on 5G: With UK Spectrum Policy Forum

The UK Spectrum Policy Forum, facilitated by techUK, provides an industry sounding board to the British government and Ofcom on future spectrum management and regulatory policy. With the aim of harnessing industrial insights across the field, the body has fastened a keen eye on the development of 5G. Raj Sivalingam is the executive director of the forum, a role which involves the leadership of activities in support of telecommunications-based companies. He spoke to Inside5G about how the forum is viewing…

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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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Osborne Outlines UK Push for 5G

George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, committed the UK government to an active role in the development of next-generation networks in his Budget speech yesterday, dealing with the IoT, driverless technology and spectrum. “This is the next stage of the information revolution, connecting up everything” Whilst not mentioning 5G specifically, he claimed: ‘We’ll invest in what is known as the Internet of Things. This is the next stage of the information revolution, connecting up everything from urban transport to medical…

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Google takes reserved approach to 5G

Google’s Andy Clegg sounded reserved on the subject of 5G and insisted that the technology will be based on tech which already exists. Speaking at Light Reading’s Spectrum 2025 event on Thursday 5th February, Clegg said: ‘It’s not some new kind of technology that is going to pop out’ and suggested ‘LTE or some variant using carrier aggregation’ would be the basis of 5G technology. Clegg listed a host of existing technology, such as “spectrum sharing, carrier aggregation, advanced beam-forming”…

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