The 3.5 GHz range in the 5G era
Spectrum in the 3.5 GHz range (from 3.3-4.2 GHz) is already used for commercial 5G services, and will continue to serve as the basis of 5G rollouts over the coming decade. Increasing the amount of globally harmonised spectrum in the range comes with major benefits.
It would help speed up the introduction of 5G; improve network performance; help drive innovation; and bring down costs. It would also help boost economic benefits of up to $80 billion over a 15-year period.
So, why is the range such a good candidate for the mid-band spectrum 5G needs to meet performance expectations. In short, it is at the balancing point between coverage and capacity. Regulators should aim to make available 80-100 MHz of contiguous spectrum per operator. More capacity will be required as demand increases.
Below you can find more information on this range from the GSMA’s spectrum team and GSMA Intelligence’s infographic on the economic benefits.