CPM19-2: APT lunchtime seminar on mmWave spectrum for 5G

Thursday 21 Feb 2019 | Above 6 GHz | APT |

CPM19-2: APT lunchtime seminar on mmWave spectrum for 5G image
  • “The devil is in the details. The right conditions for mmWave spectrum are needed to make the most of 5G.” (Peng Zhao, Senior Director, Spectrum, the GSMA)
  • “Smartphones for mmWave 5G will be available this year.” (Wang Hu, the Global mobile Suppliers Association)

The GSMA welcomed delegates from Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT) to a lunchtime seminar at CPM19-2 to discuss mmWave spectrum for the future of 5G.

Speakers from the GSMA and GSA talked about how the right conditions for high-frequency 5G spectrum at WRC-19 can change how connectivity drives the Asia-Pacific region forward. The outcome of WRC-19 will decide how mobile can maximise benefit from mmWaves.

These frequencies are needed to offer the highest performance levels from 5G. Services and applications in areas such as fixed broadband, industrial automation, intelligent transport systems and virtual reality can take advantage of a step-change in data speeds and capacity through millimetre waves.

At the seminar, the GSMA also highlighted findings from its recently published report on the socio-economic benefits of mmWave 5G between 2020-2034. The Asia-Pacific region is expected to deliver $212 billion in GDP as a result of mmWave 5G by 2034, with China, Japan and India leading the way. The economic benefits overwhelmingly flow from the manufacturing and utilities sector, in which the sector accounts for 53% of the overall contribution.

The mobile industry is asking for the IMT identification of:

  • 26 GHz (24.25-27.5 GHz);
  • 40 GHz (37-43.5 GHz);
  • 66-71 GHz – with flexibility to enable both IMT and non-IMT technologies.

Because of the large amount of spectrum required, 45.5-52.6 GHz must also be considered. IMT identification must also come with conditions that allow mobile operators to make the most of these bands. Optimal technical conditions must be applied to protect other services while unlocking the full potential of 5G.