As a key ingredient for wireless technology, the radio frequency spectrum is very important. Among the most useful spectrum bands for 5G are the mid-bands, which range from 1 GHz to 6 GHz and provide a balance of speed, capacity, coverage, and sharpness for cellular networks. 5G Americas’ new paper “Med-Band Renewal Image” outlines several potential mid-bands, and expanded mid-bands, that are needed to support applications for 5G and beyond technologies.
With the total global traffic of mobile network data now running at 90 exabytes per month, and growing at 40% annually, 5G and future networks require new levels of spectrum efficiency and flexibility. It is imperative that governments allocate spectrum to central links, as these networks work exceptionally well in densely populated metropolitan areas where connectivity is high. Millimeter bands and other high-density bands also require meeting the key requirements in capacity, so that spectrum clearance needs can be met where and when needed.
The article provides an overview of the current currency and the potential for new spectrum availability in mid-band and mid-band expansion in the United States over the next few years, including technical issues and challenges, as well as the regulatory and regulatory framework.
The importance of spectrum for 5G
Regarding this white paper, Chris Pearson, President of America 5G, explains: “For 5G deployment, it is important to use low, medium and high spectrum to provide a better user experience. Spectrum media play a key role in capacity and coverage that can translate into increased speed for applications and use cases. To which he adds: “It will be necessary for the United States to have a long-term spectrum national strategy in order to achieve economic and technological leadership.”
In this sense, Noman M Alam, director of 5G solutions at Ericsson, points out: “The biggest challenge to the allocation of new spectrum in the medium bands is that no power bands are free and free from interference. The path to a spectrum of additions in the middle of the train is not easy, but it is possible to identify power chains, incumbent policies, and the cooperation of all the key participants in the process.
While Karri Kuoppamaki, T-Mobile’s US senior vice president of technology development and network planning, notes: “The spectrum in the middle of bands is key to unlocking new applications and truly delivering on the promise of 5G. A long-term portfolio of spectrum-based initiatives is essential to fuel the growth of the 5G ecosystem, and this work through 5G America is a good step towards understanding the potential future opportunities provided by spectrum bands. socks.”