GSMA Intelligence – mobile spectrum trends and insights
This new quarterly series from GSMA Intelligence looks at key mobile spectrum trends and offer insights across 4G, 5G, and earlier generations. It outlines both the latest important developments in the spectrum world and the key trends to watch going forward.
Spectrum is the lifeblood of mobile services and what drives the mobile economy, and the current spectrum landscape is more dynamic than ever before. The ecosystem today must contend with new spectrum allocation and deployment models, new enterprise competition for spectrum resources, and new demands on existing 2G and 3G spectrum resources.
Key mobile spectrum trends
Highlights from first edition, covering the fourth quarter of 2020, include:
- Five countries assigned 5G spectrum in Q4 2020, of which four were from Europe. There was also good progress in low bands, as three European countries awarded spectrum in the 700 MHz band.
- Greece assigned 26 GHz spectrum, making it the fourth country in Europe and the 11th worldwide to award mmWave bands for 5G.
- Prices paid by operators for 5G spectrum vary significantly by country due to a variety of factors. Recent developments in some large markets show that these differences are set to become even more extreme.
Importantly, the data on these and other mobile spectrum trends are provided in a consistent way. It covers all the important factors, including past and future assignments, network launches, pricing, refarming and network sunsets.