Report: 5G will require range of spectrum bands

Report: 5G will require range of spectrum bands [Image: Jeff_Hu via iStock]

The UK Spectrum Policy Forum (SPF) has launched a report on the critical success factors for deployment of 5G in the UK.

It summarises the UK wireless industry’s views on how 5G will be introduced into the UK market and the resulting spectrum implications.  

Based on the work of the SPF spectrum applications and demand working group, the report makes a series of recommendations on the spectrum needs for 5G and policy actions required to support these needs being met.

David Meyer, chairman of the SPF, said: “It’s vital that the UK takes global leadership of the development and implementation of 5G to secure its place as a world-leading digital economy.

“This report highlights the breadth of technologies and services that will make use of 5G and, therefore, how crucial it is to get implementation right.”

The SPF has acknowledged that 5G networks are poised to bring new mobile experiences to consumers.

As such, the use cases being foreseen within 5G are extremely broad and include several industry segments that have traditionally operated dedicated networks outside the cellular network domain.

According to the SPF, meeting these diverse user requirements will require a range of spectrum bands to be used. These will span from bands below 1GHz up to bands in the millimetre-wave portion of radio spectrum that are being studied internationally in accordance with ITU-R Resolution 238, as defined by the World Radiocommunication Conference in 2015.

Use of millimetre-wave bands will be particularly focussed on the highest-capacity outdoor and indoor hotspots (requiring very high data rates and volumes of traffic). The report said that because 5G networks are unlikely to be commercially available before 2020 in many markets, innovative new applications and services are likely to emerge that will place increasing demands for access to suitable spectrum.

Janette Stewart, chair of the SPF’s Cluster 1 working group, said: “5G represents a significant opportunity for delivery of enhanced mobile broadband services and the UK market is ideally placed to lead these developments.

“It is vital that the framework for 5G introduction in the UK continues to support the industry’s vision for these services, enabling networks to be introduced in a timely way.”