GSMA calls for 2 GHz mid-band spectrum to meet UN targets


GSMA press release

July 8, 2021, London: The mobile industry will need an average of 2 GHz of mid-band spectrum this decade to meet the data speed requirements of the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Achieving this goal will also minimize the environmental impact and reduce the costs of consuming 5G, according to a global study of 36 cities released today by the GSMA.

The study shows that policymakers should license spectrum to mobile operators in harmonized bands, such as 3.5 GHz, 4.8 GHz and 6 GHz to meet ITU requirements by 2030. Without the additional spectrum, it will be impossible to realize the full potential of 5G in some cases. In others, the number of antennas and base stations required will lead to increased carbon emissions and consumer prices. The additional spectrum will reduce the carbon footprint of networks by two to three times while improving the sustainability of mobile connectivity, according to the study by Coleago Consulting.

This spectrum will also make 5G more affordable. Total costs would be three to five times higher over a decade in cities where a deficit of 800-1000 MHz would increase the number of base stations needed and increase deployment costs in each city from 782 million to 5.8 billion. dollars.

The availability of mid-band spectrum will also improve Fixed Wireless Access (FWA). The study shows that with the additional 2 GHz, five times more homes will be covered with each base station, allowing affordable high-speed internet to go beyond the fiber footprint for a fraction of the cost. cost.

The World Radiocommunication Conference in 2023 is a crucial opportunity to align global policies on mid-band solutions for mobile. This spectrum will ensure that mobile operators can meet the ITU targets of 100 Mbps download speeds and 50 Mbps download speeds to meet the future needs of consumers and businesses.

Therefore, the GSMA calls on regulators:

Plan to make available an average of 2 GHz of average band spectrum by 2025-2030 to ensure IMT-2020 requirements for 5G;

Carefully consider demands for 5G spectrum as 5G usage increases and advanced use cases will result in additional needs;

Base spectrum decisions on real factors, including population density and extent of fiber optic deployment; and

Supports harmonized mid-range 5G spectrum (e.g. in the 3.5 GHz, 4.8 GHz and 6 GHz ranges) and facilitates technology upgrades in existing bands.


About the GSMA

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators around the world, bringing together more than 750 operators with nearly 400 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device manufacturers, software vendors, service providers, ‘Internet equipment and companies, as well as organizations from adjacent industrial sectors. The GSMA also produces the major MWC events held annually in Barcelona, ​​Los Angeles and Shanghai, as well as the M360 series of regional conferences. The GSMA continues to work with partners who share its commitment to sustainable development and economic growth. Click here to find out more.


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