Is 600 MHz And 700 MHz Spectrum The Ace In The 5G Hole?

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By Jake Saunders | 1Q 2018 | IN-4848


5G Spectrum Starts to Materialize


The first comprehensive pre-commercial 5G demos will be taking place at the Korean Winter Olympics. As the hype and expectation builds, there has been considerable commentary about 5G in the 3.5 GHz to 4.2 GHz band, in the millimeter bands, 26 GHz to 28 GHz and potentially even higher bands (e.g., 39 GHz). However, a number of telcos are keen to harness the spectrum in the sub-1 GHz for 5G, although the spectrum is challenging in a number of ways. For example, in July 2017, Ofcom had hoped to release 700 MHz spectrum in addition to 40 MHz of spectrum in the 2.3 GHz band and 150 MHz of spectrum in the 3.4 GHz band. Eventually only the 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz band auctions would go ahead. Ofcom does believe it can release 80 MHz of spectrum in the 700 MHz band by 2020.

While UK operators were disappointed, other countries have had more success releasing 700 MHz, and even 600 MHz, for 5G.

Interest in The 600/700 MHz Bands


On the other side of the world, China’s Ministry of Industry and Info…

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