UK SPF publish principles for the release of 26 GHz 5G pioneer band

Following a request from government officials the UK SPF organised workshops and discussions with the aim of creating high level principles on the release of the third 5G pioneer band at 26 Gigahertz (GHz). This relates to an EECC requirement for 1 x GHz of that spectrum to be released by Spring 2020.

The documents reflect the views of those who contributed who included representatives from all four UK Mobile Network Operators, Samsung and Qualcomm, as well as others with an interest. They therefore represent a broad industry view around the issue.

The two documents are:

  • ‘A 7 point response to a DCMS request for industry advice on the high-level principles to be applied to the release of 5G pioneer band at 26 GHz’, and;
  • ‘A report on the principles for the release of the 3rd 5G pioneer band at 26 GHz and shared access within the band.’ The report also describes a potential model for release of subsequent mobile bands above 26 GHz.

More work in this area needs to be done but for the moment the two main messages are:

  1. the need for Ofcom to release the 26 GHz band next year and
  2. to seize the opportunity to do so in line with your policy of promoting spectrum sharing innovation.

The report advances some particularly bold innovations that have the potential to make the UK a leader in 5G network data speeds beyond dense urban areas.

  • Jo O'Riordan

    Jo O'Riordan

    Head of Spectrum Policy and Telecoms
    T 020 7331 2191
Advice to DCMS on the High level principle for the release... (pdf)SPF Report for 26 GHz release and shared spectrum access (pdf)20190821 UK SPF Letter for DCMS - Release of 3rd 5G Pioneer... (pdf)

Share this


We’re delighted to be supporting the inaugural session of #techXchange2019 at @HCI_London with @techUK Head of Inte…
Feel confident about speaking up and representing yourself! Gain assertiveness and confidence at work with…
@nesta_uk is calling all B2C FinTechs - the #OpenUp2020Challenge is accepting applications now - up to £300k in equ…
Thanks to everyone who joined us for a great day of lively discussion at #techUKSmarterState. Here's @techUKCEO's t…
A big thank you to the @techuk crew for making this year's event a success! #techUKSmarterState
A massive thank you to all our sponsors and partners this year! #techUKSmarterState
. @ChannelSwimSue wraps it up here. What an amazing event it has been. Thanks you all for coming this year's event.…
What a way to finish #techUKSmarterState with Dr. Nina Cope from @NCA_UK. Fantastic insight from deep expertise in…
Become a Member

Become a techUK Member

By becoming a techUK member we will help you grow through:

Click here to learn more...