The UK Spectrum Policy Forum has identified 6 Industry Priorities regarding plans for future use of the 5GHz band
Priorities for Making Best Use of 5GHz Spectrum
The report summarises the outcome of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum’s 2016 discussions regarding plans for future use of the 5GHz band and identifies 6 industry priorities. This report has been prepared by Analysys Mason on behalf of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum (SPF).
This report has been prepared in the context of the need for additional spectrum for radio local area networks (RLANs), for which Wi-Fi is the most common technology in use today. Consideration of the spectrum needed to support growth in RLAN use is relevant to agenda item 1.16 for the 2019 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-19). To inform the current debate and studies leading up to WRC-19, the SPF has held a series of workshops and discussions during 2016 to gather views on the key issues that are relevant to future use of 5GHz spectrum in the UK.
From these discussions, the SPF concludes that the UK industry as a whole – including the RLAN community and incumbent users of the 5GHz band in the UK – is willing to engage in further discussions to ensure the necessary sharing studies can be completed (including engaging in further discussions to develop representative UK-deployment scenarios for the various sharing scenarios as required). The ultimate aim of these studies is to ensure that policy decisions can be taken at the UK Government level to resolve the key question regarding competing spectrum demand between RLAN and incumbent uses.
A summary of the industry’s priorities derived from the conclusions [Figure 7] is as follows:
In 2016 Cluster 1 held meetings on 5GHz in December, September and June. The slides from these meetings are available. techUK has also responded to Ofcom's consultation onImproving spectrum access for consumers in the 5 GHz band.
Launched at the request of Government, the UK Spectrum Policy Forum is the industry sounding board to Government and Ofcom on future spectrum management and regulatory policy with a view to maximising the benefits of spectrum for the UK. The Forum is open to all organisations with an interest in using spectrum and already has over 150 member organisations. A Steering Board performs the important function of ensuring the proper prioritisation and resourcing of our work.
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