The GSMA WRC series – getting the most out of WRC-19

After four years of preparations, WRC-19 has finally started. Delegates have the opportunity to set the stage for revolutionary 5G services in areas such as healthcare, industrial automation, connected transport, and smart cities. To help navigate the conference, the GSMA’s WRC series provides a wealth of information.

The Internet is the most important enabler of social development and economic growth of our time. However, this is only the beginning. The arrival of 5G isn’t just the start of a new generation, but the jumping off point for a revolution only it can deliver. But, the full line-up of life-altering services will only be possible when the right allocation of spectrum is made available.

WRC-19 and Agenda Item 1.13 presents the opportunity to identify mmWave spectrum in the 26, 40, 50 and 66 GHz bands. By doing so, the conference can lay the essential foundation for a bright 5G future. These bands enable key capabilities of 5G such as ultra-high capacity and ultra-high speed services.

It is also important the bands come with reasonable conditions. Unfortunately, it is possible to identify a band for IMT on paper, but effectively render it unusable in practice. Where conditions are necessary to protect other services, they should be applied. Where conditions have been found by the technical studies to be unnecessary, it will be harmful to 5G deployment to impose them without reason.

In short, 5G’s future potential will either be solidified or sacrificed by the decisions taken by governments in Sharm el-Sheikh.

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.

Download the GSMA WRC Series here:

Relevant reports and position papers

WRC-19 Open Letter from GSMA’s Board

Agenda Item 1.13 Infographic

The Socio-Economic Benefits of mmWave 5G

5G spectrum – 26 GHz and 28 GHz Infographic

3 GHz in the 5G era

Enabling IMT at WRC-19

IMT @ 1500 MHz infographic

600 MHz for mobile broadband infographic

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