The global future of 5G is in jeopardy if policymakers do not agree on licensing 6 GHz spectrum, according to the GSMA.
The 6 GHz mid-band spectrum is needed for the full speed and capabilities of 5G. Governments, on the other hand, are already diverging: China will use the entire 1200 MHz of the 6 GHz band for 5G. The band has been divided in Europe, with the upper portion earmarked for 5G and a new 500 MHz tranche set aside for Wi-Fi. A similar approach is being taken in Africa and parts of the Middle East.
On the other hand, the United States and most of Latin America have announced that none of this vital resource will be made available for 5G, but will instead be made available for Wi-Fi and other unlicensed technologies.
The 6 GHz band is critical not only for mobile network operators to provide enhanced affordable connectivity for greater social inclusion, but also for smart cities, transportation, and factories to provide the data speeds and bandwidth they need. 5G networks are expected to need 2 GHz of mid-band spectrum over the next decade to reach their full capacity. 1st
The GSMA’s Chief Regulatory Officer, John Giusti, said, “5G has the ability to increase the world’s GDP by $2.2 trillion.” “However, if ample 6 GHz spectrum is not made available for 5G, this growth would be jeopardized. Clarity and clarity are needed to encourage large-scale, long-term investments in this vital infrastructure.”
The World Radiocommunication Conference in 2023 will provide an opportunity to harmonize the 6 GHz band across much of the globe and aid in ecosystem growth.
5G is speeding up the digital transformation of all industries and markets, ushering in new waves of disruption that will help billions of people. As networking replaces carbon, this technology is critical for the environment and climate goals. Industries, on the other hand, would need the extra power that the 6 GHz band provides in order to reach all users.
As a result, the GSMA urges governments to:
- Make at least 6425-7125 MHz available for licensed 5G;
- Ensure backhaul services are protected; and
- Depending on countries’ needs, incumbent use and fibre footprint, the
bottom half of the 6 GHz range at 5925-6425 MHz could be opened on a licence-exempt basis with technology-neutral rules.