5G Snapshot – 5G Spectrum News Digest – May 2019
Important changes since the last 5G Snapshot include:
- Albania: 800 MHz tender completed.
- Belgium: consultation launched on the use of 26 GHz for 5G.
- Canada: auction of spectrum at 600 MHz completed.
- Colombia: call for interest in auction of spectrum at 700, 1900 and 2600 MHz for terrestrial mobile services.
- Czechia: 700 MHz and 3500 MHz auctions scheduled for 2019.
- Greece: 5G test licences issued, full licence awards expected late in 2019. 800/2600 MHz auction bidders named.
- Indonesia: updated spectrum roadmap.
- Japan: award of 5G spectrum bands.
- Kosovo: consultation on spectrum at 800, 900, and 1800 MHz.
- Lithuania: update on spectrum consultations
- Luxembourg: update on spectrum consultations
- Malaysia: updated information on spectrum bands under consideration.
- Netherlands: ACM issues final recommendations to government for auctions of 700, 1400, 2100 and 3500 MHz.
- Mexico: identifies nine bands as potentially suitable for 5G.
- Norway: Offshore spectrum auction completed.
- Singapore: new consultation on policy and regulatory framework for 5G rollout.
- Ukraine: possible 5G spectrum auction dates.
- USA: Clock phase bidding closes on 24 GHz auction, rules for bidding on spectrum in the 37, 39, and 47 GHz ranges published, update on CBRS auction timelines.
- Vietnam: updated information on spectrum bands being considered.
At present, GSA is aware of 59 countries in the world that are either formally considering introducing certain spectrum bands for terrestrial 5G services, holding consultations regarding suitable spectrum allocations for 5G, have reserved spectrum for 5G, have announced plans to auction frequencies or have already allocated spectrum for 5G use. (Note: all references to 5 countries in this document can be read as also including territories, special administrative regions, disputed territories and dependencies.) This figure includes countries examining/allocating spectrum on a technology-neutral basis with 5G in mind, but excludes countries undertaking such initiatives in relation to spectrum that is being allocated primarily for the provision of 3G or 4G services. Some countries have multiple initiatives underway.