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Chile 6 GHz 5G decision follows global trend

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Chile's Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications has opened the door to using 6 GHz for 5G, reversing an earlier decision to make the whole band (5925-7125 MHz) available for Wi-Fi.

Spectrum roadmaps for 5G: Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam

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A clear spectrum roadmap for 5G, setting out forward-looking plans for spectrum supply and taking account of emerging spectrum needs, technological evolution and international developments, is essential.

5G gets boost in Kenya with successful spectrum assignment

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5G is taking its first steps in the Sub-Saharan Africa region, and with a successful mid-band assignment Kenya is positioning the country as a pioneer. But to maximise 5G’s socio-economic benefits, more spectrum is needed in the coming years. The last couple of years has ...

Successful 5G auction will bring India a bright digital future

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Thanks to a successful multi-band auction, 5G in India has taken a big step forward. The country’s mobile operators have been assigned mid- and high band spectrum to roll-out world-class 5G networks, with innovative services across a range of sectors that will maximise ...

Mobile 360 APAC: Building digital nations through affordable connectivity

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Spectrum was a prominent topic at the recent Mobile 360 APAC event on 2-3 August in Singapore. Participants from governments, regulatory bodies and the mobile industry engaged in lively discussions and exchanged views on the major spectrum policy topics impacting the future ...

The Maths of Mid-Band Spectrum

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Pressure on mid-band spectrum is increasing and governments are looking for answers as to how to satisfy demand for 5G.

Vision 2030: Spectrum Needs for 5G

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As part of our work to provide government and industry with a clear picture of the requirements of 5G, the GSMA has carried out analysis of the spectrum needs across low, mid- and high bands.

Panama reduced the price of spectrum by more than 60%: what does it mean for users?

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Last April, the Panamanian Cabinet Council approved the assignment of additional spectrum in AWS (1710-2170 MHz), a key band for 4G in the majority of Latin America. The body also authorised the National Public Services Authority (ASEP) to adjust the spectrum valuation ...

Mid-band 5G spectrum crucial to economic growth in the Middle East and North Africa

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5G is developing across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The Gulf countries have acted as 5G pioneers and their governments and regulators have awarded 5G launch spectrum for mobile operators to deploy some of the world’s first and fastest 5G networks. Looking beyond ...

Mid-band 5G spectrum crucial to economic growth in Latin America and the Caribbean

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5G take-up will accelerate in the second half of the 2020s in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), with mid-band 5G expected to contribute US$41bn to the regional economy in 2030, or 0.50% of GDP.

5G Spectrum roadmaps in Asia Pacific: defining future connectivity through strategic planning

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Mobile’s ability to enhance productivity and develop economic prosperity is constantly evolving. Roughly every 10 years a new generation of mobile technology comes along, bringing fundamental improvements to mobile networks but also new challenges for spectrum management. ...

Mid-band 5G spectrum crucial to economic growth in North America

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North America is an early leader in 5G development and will use 5G connectivity as a powerful driver of GDP growth throughout the decade, reaching US$122bn in 2030.

South Africa auction supercharges African 5G

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5G in Africa took a great leap forward in March 2022. This was driven by a multi-band auction of mobile spectrum concluded by South Africa’s regulator ICASA that eases spectrum capacity concerns of the mobile community. This was a significant spectrum release in low and ...

MWC 22 Ministerial Programme: Spectrum strategy for 4G, 5G and beyond

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The GSMA was pleased to welcome over 61,000 people to Mobile World Congress this year. For those of us in policy, the Ministerial Programme was the centrepiece, and it was back in style with 161 delegations attending. While we held a small Ministerial Programme in 2021, it ...

Mid-band 5G spectrum crucial to economic growth

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Study finds 65% of 5G GDP impact ($610bn) to come from mid-band in 2030, driven by manufacturing, services, and public administration New data from GSMA Intelligence shows, for the first time, the specific economic impact of 5G using mid-band spectrum. The analysis forecasts ...

How spectrum leasing can help accelerate the 5G era

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One of the most important spectrum-related questions policymakers face is how to encourage 5G innovation without compromising its potential as a technology for all users. Successes to date show spectrum leasing can help solve this issue. The GSMA’s new “Spectrum leasing in ...

Close collaboration can provide a clear flight path for 5G and avionics

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Co-existence between different technologies has long been the foundation of sound management of the radio spectrum – ensuring that citizens derive the maximum benefit from this resource. Since 1865, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has been a focal point for ...

Spectrum assignment decisions – shall we spin the wheel?

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Governments and national regulators that manage spectrum are increasingly under pressure to respond to a huge amount of interest and demand from a wide variety of use cases. Getting spectrum assignments right delivers big rewards: better mobile coverage, higher throughput, ...

Brazil multi-band auction: one of the largest in mobile history

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Government and mobile industry set the stage for 5G in assignment of 2.3 GHz, 3.5 GHz, and 26 GHz to mobile. O blog também está disponível em português aqui Brazil’s recent multi-band auction was one of the largest in history and it was designed to drive a period of intense ...

The future of 5G depends on well-planned auctions

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Over the last months we have updated our position papers on pricing, sharing, and how governments and regulators can support mobile networks for verticals without negatively impacting commercial 5G services. The remaining piece of the puzzle is our position paper on spectrum ...