Operators Need 5G Monetization Strategies Besides the Right Spectrum Choice

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3Q 2021 | IN-6274


Canada Allocated 200 MHz of Spectrum in 3.5 GHz Band for 5G Roll Outs


5G deployments are speeding up across different markets and telecom policy makers are prioritizing the necessary steps for the 5G market progress. In order to promote 5G market development, a Canadian regulator completed a 5G spectrum auction in late July 2021. As the result of the auction, the regulator allocated 200 MHz of spectrum in 3.5 GHz band to various operators raising US$7.2 billion of license fee. A total of 1495 licenses were awarded to 15 Canadian companies. Rogers won 325 licenses spending CAD 3.3 billion, Bell received 271 licenses paying CAD 2.1 billion, and TELUS won 142 licenses for a price of CAD 1.9 billion. Videotron and Xplornet won 294 and 263 licenses receptively. The rest of the licenses were awarded to small and regional providers.

3.5 GHz Band to Enable Higher Bandwidth 5G


Mid-band (between 3.4-3.8 GHz) spectrum is an important band for 5G deployments. A number of markets in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa focus on mid-band range for 5G deployments at the pres…

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