GSMA: Governments should support needs of 5G

GSMA: Governments should support needs of 5G [Image: GoranQ via iStock]

The GSM Association (GSMA) has called on governments and regulators around the world to commit to supporting the needs of 5G before the World Radiocommunication Conference in 2019 (WRC-19).

According to the GSMA, 5G can help to create a “hyper-connected” society, which will support the needs of a diverse set of connections, from industrial machinery to autonomous vehicles, as well as services such as on-demand video.

The association said that ultra-fast 5G services will require such large amounts of spectrum that governments and regulators are already looking at significantly higher frequencies than those traditionally used in mobile services.

It pointed out that while this work is critical, mobile spectrum must be quickly identified within three key frequency ranges – including traditional low frequency bands – to deliver widespread coverage and support all use cases. The three ranges are Sub-1 GHz, 1-6 GHz and above 6 GHz.

John Giusti, chief regulatory officer at the GSMA, said: “Although the mobile industry, academic institutions and international standards-making bodies are developing the technologies central to 5G, success will depend heavily on affordable access to the necessary amount of spectrum.”

He went on to add: “It is essential that sufficient new mobile spectrum is made available – and that operators are allowed to repurpose existing spectrum for 5G when required. Governments are central to the WRC-19 process to identify harmonised spectrum for 5G and incentivise the necessary network investment.”

The GSMA outlined several recommendations that will enable the mobile industry to secure the necessary spectrum required for 5G. These include a harmonised high-frequency mobile spectrum is needed to ensure 5G services meet future expectations.

Also included were the suggestion that governments should adopt national policy measures to encourage long-term heavy investment in 5G networks and that WRC-19 will be vital to realise the ultra-high-speed vision for 5G and low-cost devices.