The GSMA WRC series – connecting everyone and everything to 5G

World Radiocommunication Conferences have played an important role in the mobile industry’s connection of over 5 billion people all over the world. The results at the recently concluded WRC-19 set the stage for exciting new opportunities with 5G. At the same time, preparations for WRC-23 already allow us to make 5G coverage a priority. The GSMA’s WRC Series helps keep you up to date on the most important topics.

The Internet is the most important enabler of social development and economic growth of our time. However, 5G will reach well beyond broadband. 5G doesn’t just represent a new generation of mobile technology but the starting point of a new revolution in connectivity. However, the full line-up of life-altering services will only be possible when the right spectrum is made available.

The results at WRC-19

At WRC-19 in Sharm El-Sheikh, delegates took a big step in making high frequency mmWave spectrum available in bands such as 26 GHz and 40 GHz. Striking a balance between enabling exciting new opportunities with high capacity mmWave 5G and protecting existing radio services. The burgeoning global ecosystem around mmWave spectrum gets a big boost to support the development of affordable services and devices.

Spectrum for coverage at WRC-23

Now we need to talk about coverage and there is a clear roadmap for the future of 5G spectrum identification over the next four years. It has been decided that WRC-23 will look at mid-band spectrum in the 3 GHz and other ranges as well as high-coverage frequencies below 1 GHz. These bands and this work are critical to help ensure the benefits of 5G reaches everyone. The preparatory work for WRC-23 kicked off in earnest with the CPM23-1 meeting.

To learn more about mmWaves and other topics at WRC-19 such as 3 GHz and 600 MHz, download the reports, infographics, letters and articles below.

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Relevant reports and position papers

WRC-19 results

3 GHz in the 5G era

The Socio-Economic Benefits of mmWave 5G

600 MHz for mobile broadband infographic

5G spectrum – 26 GHz and 28 GHz Infographic

IMT @ 1500 MHz