June 13, 2017
To keep up with demands for higher speeds and better coverage mobile operators need more spectrum. Whether they get it or not, is in part based on decisions made at the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC).
The conference takes place every three to four years. The next one, WRC-19, will take place in 2019, from 28 October to 22 November. What happens there will have an impact on important issues such as rural broadband and the future of 5G.
Because the stakes are so high, it is important for everyone with an interest in the mobile industry to understand how the WRC process works.
To help, the GSMA is publishing the WRC Series, a family of collateral that covers areas such as spectrum for 5G, including the 3.5 GHz IMT range. There is also an introductory guide to the whole process. Links to the reports can be found at the bottom of this page.
So why is the WRC important?
The WRC decides who gets to use what frequencies. The formal task is to review and update the international treaties or Radio Regulations that govern spectrum use. It also coordinates satellite orbits.
The WRC can be intimidating to outsiders. But connecting 5 billion people would not have been possible without it. The process has helped create economies of scale and make mobile services more affordable.
As always, getting involved is the best way to affect change. That is much better than standing on the sidelines, complaining when there is no coverage or the network isn’t fast enough.
For now, the GSMA WRC Series includes:
This one helps people with no previous knowledge understand the WRC (World Radio Conference) process. How to influence and get involved in the very important preparatory work. As well as how to make the most of attending the conference.
Download the report here
Operators need new spectrum to keep up with growing mobile data and coverage demands. The 3.5 GHz IMT range offers an ideal opportunity to meet this demand. The band will be one of the first frequencies to carry 5G traffic, but first it must be licensed.
Spectrum sitting between long-standing 850/900 MHz and 1800/1900 MHz bands provides an ideal mix of coverage and capacity. The 1427-1518 band MHz was identified for use by IMT systems at WRC-15 on a global basis. It provides an ideal mix of coverage and capacity. Thanks to that, the range will form a vital part of mobile broadband networks when licensed.
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