World Radio Congress 2019 Wraps, More Spectrum for 5G but Satellite and HAPS Major Winners

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By Jake Saunders | 1Q 2020 | IN-5690


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In late November 2019, the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) came to a close. There was not much fanfare, but its edicts and recommendations do ensure that most precious of resources, wireless spectrum, is efficiently allocated and, just as crucially, strives to prevent interference between radio-dependent applications and between countries with common borders. A number of key agreements were signed by 3,400 delegates from 165 Member States and therefore incorporated in the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Radio Regulations.

5G & WiFi-related announcements included:

  • Additional bands for IMT identified in the 24.25-27.5 GHz, 37-43.5 GHz, 45.5-47 GHz, 47.2-48.2 and 66-71 GHz bands, which will support development of 5G mobile networks.
  • Regulatory provisions revised to accommodate both indoor and outdoor WiFi networks, including Radio Local Area Networks (RLANs) for end-user radio connections to public or private c...

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