This report represents the SPF’s views on authorising the 26GHz band for 5G use in the UK, based on discussions that have taken place within the SPF in June 2017.
The UK wireless industry participating in the Spectrum Policy Forum (SPF) – including fixed and mobile operators, equipment vendors, satellite companies, broadcasters and others – has been discussing this topic since the 26GHz band has been identified as a ‘pioneer’ band for 5G millimetre-wave (mm-wave) use in Europe. The discussions have captured key points in relation to the amount of spectrum that might be needed, possible approaches to licensing (e.g. dedicated blocks or shared use) and the timing needed for 5G authorisation to meet market demand. Certain aspects of these discussions may also be applicable to other mm-wave bands that might be used for 5G in the UK.
This summary paper, prepared by Analysys Mason on behalf of the SPF, summarises the key findings and conclusions from the SPF’s discussions. These key points are identified in the figure below:
David Meyer, Chairman of the UK Spectrum Policy Forum stated: “This SPF report tackles the important issue of how spectrum for the mmWave 5G component should be licensed. By consolidating industry views on authorising 5G and balancing the need to protect existing uses of the 26GHz band, the SPF helps to make sure that the UK and Europe can be at the forefront of 5G technology roll-out."
Janette Stewart, Principle, Analysys Mason and SPF Cluster 1 Chair stated: “The 5G millimetre wave component is an important aspect of the overall 5G implementation. The SPF’s debate on spectrum authorisation for 26GHz in the UK has been very useful to identify common views and areas for further consideration. We hope this report provides a constructive input to the UK policy debate on this topic.”
The report is available to download below
This report is part of the UK SPF's 5G series of reports on the industry’s views on the spectrum implications of 5G – which includes the SPF’s views on the implications of 5G on spectrum policy in the UK, also based on SPF discussions.
Launched at the request of Government, the UK Spectrum Policy Forum (@UK_SPF) 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.