Without licenced 6GHz, the whole potential of 5G would be lost, the GSMA says

Regulators must licence 6GHz frequencies for 5G operators or they risk losing two-fifths of the predicted advantages of mid-band 5G, according to the GSMA.

This generation of mobile technology will take use of spectrum that regulators have unlocked in order to provide higher capacity and range than earlier generations.

For many rollouts, mid-band spectrum is essential as a compromise between the range of low-band frequencies and the capacity and penetration characteristics of high-band.

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According to the GSMA, the 6GHz band is the biggest continuous block of mid-band spectrum that can be licenced to operators in most areas, and has a lot of promise for the development of 5G.

Spectrum, on the other hand, is a limited resource in demand by a variety of sectors. Unlicensed 6GHz airwaves is used to power Wi-Fi 6-capable networks, for example.

Speeding up deployment and lowering costs might be achieved by the use of a contiguous spectrum, where channels are close to one other.

Approximately two-thirds of the societal and economic value that 5G is expected to provide would be generated by 6GHz networks, according to the analysis.

GSMA has called on government agencies in advance of the World Radiocommunications Conference (WRC-23) in 2023 to provide mobile operators 700MHz to 1200MHz of 6GHz spectrum.

“In many places, 5G growth will be impossible without 6 GHz. The GSMA’s Head of Spectrum, Luciana Camargos, says that without it, operators would have difficulty obtaining the expected 2 GHz of mid-band spectrum required for 5G, which will have an effect on service quality.

“Countries may, in consequence, lose out on the full societal and economic benefits of investment in modern 5G networks.”