GSA’s view on spectrum is that a range of frequencies in the low-band (e.g. 600, 700 MHz etc.), mid-band (2.3, 2.6, 3.3-4.2, 4.4-5 GHz etc.), and high-band (24.25-29.5, 37-43.5 GHz etc.) need to be made available and harmonised globally as much as is possible to ensure mobile broadband can meet the expanding services both industry and consumers are expecting in the coming years.
GSA supports the industry forecast that by 2024 over 130 Exabyte (one hundred and thirty quintilion bytes) of data will be transmitted globally every month and the mobile industry will need to massively deploy 5G technology in a broad range of frequency bands to meet this demand.
Applications that will drive this massive data usage include 8k mobile video, Augmented and Virtual Reality, HD video, industrial automation and robotics, drone and aeronautical networks and the industry of things.
Spectrum for 5G should ideally be made available in contiguous blocks of 80-100 MHz from the mid bands and 1 GHz of spectrum from the high mmWave bands to ensure the most effective delivery of 5G services.
A broad range of low- to mid- to high-band spectrum should be made available to deliver mobile services across a broad range of applications with coverage and capacity that meets the public, private, business and consumer needs in the majority of geographical locations. In addition, spectrum should be made available in a way that utilizes this finite resource in the most effective and harmonious way without unduly restricting the provision of mobile services in locations where those services are required.
Spectrum should be made available for 5G New Radio within the low-band, mid-band and high-band frequency ranges, with the appropriate amount of contiguous spectrum per network, as well as provide regulatory conditions that facilitate cost-effective 5G NR usage in a timely manner. Making spectrum ranges available within the 2020-2022 time-frame with appropriate regulatory conditions will facilitate the vision of IMT connecting almost 7+ billion people globally, in addition to the 100 billions of devices and things, by 2030.