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5G Spectrum – planning for the future of mobile connectivity

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When a new generation mobile technology is launched, much of the focus is short-term. When will mobile operators launch; how fast are the first networks; and what about coverage. The arrival of 5G is no different, and none of these steps are possible without access to ...

Why wireless backhaul spectrum is key to 5G’s future

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Spectrum for 5G networks continue to be a hot topic all over the world. However, for 5G to flourish, additional and affordable spectrum is needed across access and terrestrial wireless backhaul. The latter doesn’t get as much attention. But the fact is that terrestrial ...

Crunch time in Brazil ahead of 6 GHz consultation

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Wireless connectivity is a crucial part of Brazil’s infrastructure and the decisions we make about the 6 GHz band must be based on a deep understanding of the way our market works. Access to 6 GHz spectrum is a high priority for Brazilian mobile operators and will play a ...

The 3.5 GHz range and the future of 5G in Latin America

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How can governments and regulators across Latin American help start unlock the full potential 5G? Our latest report offers an in-depth analysis of the 3.5 GHz range in LATAM; what the current situation is, how to overcome all challenges, and what should happen next. When ...

The road to effective spectrum pricing in Africa

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Getting spectrum award policies right comes with big rewards. By learning from past experiences, African governments and regulators can help expand mobile connectivity and the benefits it brings. At the end of 2019, the economic benefits generated from mobile technology in ...

Planning ahead is key to set the scene for 5G in the MENA region

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Widespread 5G adoption is growing, with 1.7 billion 5G connections forecasted by 2025. Part of the MENA region has already proven itself as a 5G pioneer. There is now a chance to build up that momentum and fully take advantage of all the opportunities this technology ...

A balanced approach to 6 GHz is needed

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Mid-band spectrum is a vital component of universal 5G connectivity. Discussions regarding 6 GHz spectrum need to maximise its value and balance different uses: this is a priority band for mobile network operators. Amid this period of change during the pandemic, the value of ...

New Zealand leads the way with direct approach to 5G spectrum access

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New Zealand is a globally recognised innovator on spectrum management. The country’s approach to licensing 3.5 GHz using a direct offer highlights this pioneering spirit, and shows other countries how to set the stage for world-class 5G services. Portions of the 3.5 GHz ...

More efficient spectrum usage with network rationalisation – Lessons from the Asia-Pacific region

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With the rapid growth in wireless data services, operators worldwide are exploring opportunities to deploy 4G and 5G technologies by re-using spectrum currently supporting 2G and 3G services. In the process, they are laying the groundwork for enhanced capacity based on a ...

The 5G challenge for regulators – examining the cost of reserving spectrum for private networks

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The critical nature of communications networks is being widely recognised by governments around the world in their fight against COVID-19. At the same time there is a growing understanding that 5G will play an important role in economic recovery from the crisis even after ...

India’s treasury’s support for affordable 5G spectrum should be an inspiration

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India’s Ministry of Finance’s new stance on 5G spectrum pricing is a big step forward as the country looks to build one of the best digital infrastructures in the world. But hopefully, it can also be a rallying cry for treasuries around the world to prioritise the ...

For 5G to thrive, networks need to get in synch

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The ultimate performance of 5G depends on many technical and regulatory factors, including sufficient spectrum, the presence of affordable equipment and access to sufficient cell sites. One factor that doesn’t get the amount of attention it deserves, however, is the ...

WRC-19 strikes a good balance, sets stage for mmWave 5G

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Striking a balance between enabling exciting new opportunities with 5G and protecting existing radio services, the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) has identified new global spectrum bands such as 26 GHz and 40 GHz for IMT. Collaboration across continents ...

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 GSMA’s updated ...

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

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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 ...