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The Sky is Not Falling: How scare tactics are threatening 5G’s future

After a lot of preparation, and yes, plenty of hype, the first commercial services are already delivering on the promise of 5G. Unfortunately, misinformation about the technical impact of 5G systems on other services, including weather forecasting, is putting the potential ...

The benefits of technology neutral spectrum licences

For governments that want consumers and businesses in their country to benefit from the best possible mobile broadband experience, support for technology neutral spectrum licensing is a must. A new report from the GSMA entitled “The benefits of technology neutral spectrum ...

Lessons from spectrum auctions – the good, the bad and the ugly

5G auctions are picking up pace and garnering headlines, but at the same time vital spectrum for 3G and 4G services is also being auctioned in many markets. Getting auctions right is challenging. So, the GSMA has launched a paper outlining spectrum auction best practice for ...

The future of mobile is powered by great backhaul

Mobile operators around the world offer advanced mobile services with faster speeds and better performance. The continued roll out of 4G has revolutionised mobile broadband and the arrival of 5G builds on that momentum. While the potential is clear to see, continued growth ...

Spectrum sharing has potential – but needs careful planning

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to managing spectrum for rising mobile data traffic and evolving services. Exclusive licensing is essential to high quality, wide area mobile services while spectrum sharing can play a complementary role. But for sharing to get out the ...

More spectrum is the first step towards getting 5G right

The first commercial 5G services are here, and the next two years will see launches all over the world. But not all 5G networks are created equal; their performance is heavily reliant on the amount of spectrum made available by regulators and governments. The GMSA’s updated ...

Why expanding 4G broadband coverage is key to Indonesia’s future

While the likes of Australia, Macau, Singapore, and South Korea account for four of the top seven nations worldwide for smartphone adoption, Indonesia, along with China and India, has been responsible for driving growth in take up across the Asia Pacific region. Indonesia ...

Time for Europe to show it is serious about 5G

The future of 5G in Europe hangs in the balance as technical discussions on two of the three pioneer spectrum bands are taking place this July during the plenary meeting of the Electronic Communication Committee. The current proposal of the technical conditions for the 26 ...

26 and 28 GHz: driving great 5G

The introduction of 5G pioneers a new level of mobile performance with ultra-high speeds and low latencies. Millimetre wave spectrum is crucial to enable this performance and the 26 GHz and 28 GHz have emerged as two of the most important bands in this range. 5G’s success ...

Spectrum pricing in Latin America needs more attention

This blog post was written by Lucas Gallitto, Public Policy Director at GSMA Latin America Latin America is poised to be one of the fastest growing regions during the next couple of years, with tens of millions of new subscribers and increasing smartphone adoption. ...

Governments have a great opportunity to take the lead on spectrum as 5G emerges

Spectrum fuels the mobile ecosystem. Enabling fair access allows networks to run. It creates the certainty necessary to drive investment in mobile networks, bringing to life the many benefits the mobile industry provides to society and economies. In 2017, we saw many ...

Spectrum for ITS and UAVs

Mobile networks can help make game-changers such as self-driving cars and deliveries via drones a reality. But success is dependent on supportive regulatory frameworks. Two new policy position papers from the GSMA’s spectrum team on unmanned aerial vehicles and intelligent ...

The recipe for 5G

This blog post was written by Luciana Camargos, Director, Future Spectrum at the GSMA The recipe for 5G has a lot of ingredients, but for 5G to become a success, one of the key components is spectrum. Harmonised mobile spectrum will ensure 5G services meet future ...

Spectrum pricing is about more than the treasury’s bottom line

This blog post was written by Peng Zhao, Spectrum Policy Director at the GSMA When it comes to mobile services, the main goal of governments around the world should be to get most out of its mobile spectrum resources. To help make this clear, the GSMA’s spectrum team has ...

Why spectrum matters

This blog post was written by Brett Tarnutzer, GSMA Head of Spectrum The importance of spectrum to mobile systems, and therefore to our lives, cannot be understated. To increase awareness of key spectrum issues, the GSMA’s spectrum team is launching a blog and a newsletter. ...