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The 3GPP consortium that will conduct the technical standardisation work on 5G is to use a phased approach.
Global telecoms standardisation body the 3GPP has decided on its approach to a narrowband Internet of Things (IoT) solution for mobile operators.
The European Commission and the Chinese government department responsible for spectrum have signed a joint declaration on 5G strategic cooperation that includes cooperation on spectrum.
South Korea may be putting together a multi-country proposal (MCP) that would put the use of the 28 GHz band for 5G on the agenda for WRC-19.
Two proposals for new agenda items at WRC-19 could lead to the Radio Regulations extending the upper limit for transmissions from 275 GHz to as much as 1000 GHz.
The Indian government has decided to allow the trading of mobile spectrum licences, following a proposal from the country's regulator.
The 3GPP RAN plenary agreed in September to a study item to develop channel models for frequencies between 6 GHz and 100 GHz.
European administrations have agreed on which frequency bands should be studied for possible allocation to future mobile broadband services. These include the E band (71-76/81-86 GHz), for which the South African regulator is now considering a new regulatory regime.
At least three countries in the Arab region will table a multi-country proposal (MCP) at WRC-15 to allocate for mobile and identify for IMT the remaining parts of the UHF band (470–694 MHz) that are used for broadcasting in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (ITU Region 1).
This month we bring you the latest developments in the preparations for WRC-15, focusing in particular on global flight tracking, the 3.4-3.6 GHz band, the 470-694 MHz band and satellite CNPC for UAS. We also report on the latest thinking on possible 5G bands and ask whether digital terrestrial TV will be able to cope with 8K UHDTV. Country-specific updates come from Australia, Canada, Italy, Poland, the UK and US.
The future of broadcasting was explored at a recent ITU Symposium on the Geneva-06 Agreement, which is the framework within which administrations in ITU Region 1 (Africa, the Middle East and Europe) are making the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting.
A firm that is trying to get its spectrum assets on the list of bands to be considered for 5G says the 39 GHz band has a greater chance of being identified for IMT-2020 than the 28 GHz band.
Prime spectrum in the 800 MHz and 900 MHz bands was allocated to private mobile radio (PMR) and public access mobile radio (PAMR) nearly 20 years ago but never used for emergency communications. TETRA says there simply wasn't a business case for it, but one safety consultant is sceptical.