4G and 5G Spectrum Guide 2019

Updated for 2019, and now including a section on the satellite industry, this report is the leading authority on current mobile frequencies and bands which could be used for 5G. It is an indispensable reference for spectrum professionals.
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From the report: the most-used mobile bands

The 4G and 5G Spectrum Guide is the essential briefing for everyone involved in national or regional spectrum policy. 196 pages long and containing nearly 100 graphs, charts and diagrams it is the most comprehensive resource of its kind.

It contains detailed textual analysis of the current and future mobile bands and the approaches of leading countries and industry players, based on interviews with leading industry sources and leveraging PolicyTracker’s unparalleled experience of spectrum policy.

This analysis is backed up by statistics from over 120 countries and 3000 spectrum licences. The data comes from regulators and governments and has been verified by our researchers.

Key benefits

Written by the PolicyTracker team, the 4G and 5G Spectrum Guide gives you:

  • A detailed briefing on all the crucial 4G and 5G bands
  • Concise overview of priorities for leading mobile vendors and operators, OTT players and the satellite industry
  • Summary of spectrum policy in the nine largest economies
  • The background needed for international negotiations at the ITU and elsewhere
  • An overview of recent developments in key debates
  • Instant access to authoritative statistics
  • Detailed sourcing for all graphs and charts

To find out more see sample pages and receive further information

1800 MHz deployment by region

Report content

For 4G bands the 4G and 5G Spectrum Guide shows at a glance:

  • Prospects for 12 mobile bands from 450 MHz to 3.5 GHz
  • The regions in which the bands are used
  • A comparison of the bandwidth available in different countries
  • Upcoming licence expiries
  • Proportion of 2G, 3G and 4G usage
  • Average MHz/pop prices for licences
  • The likelihood of refarming
  • The differing priorities of vendors, operators and the new OTT players


For 5G bands, the report makes a reasoned and evidence-based analysis of the likely long-term availability of spectrum and the needs of the technology, answering these questions and more:

  • Which bands are being studied for 5G?
  • Which bands are proving the most popular?
  • What is the progress in the WRC-19 preparations?
  • Which bands are being supported by vendors and operators?
  • What are the perspectives of the OTT players?
  • What are the economic drivers for the major stakeholders?
  • What are the policies of national governments?

Who should buy this report?

  • Regulators
  • Government departments
  • Mobile operators
  • Manufacturers
  • Satellite operators
  • Companies which develop chipsets
  • Broadcasters


The report is priced at GBP £2000 + VAT (if applicable) for a single user and you can get organisation-wide access as part of our Spectrum Research Service.

This is the ideal document to get a whole team up to speed: please enquire for corporate licensing options. The report is supplied as a PDF and can be viewed on all platforms.

Ordering takes only a few moments using this online form. For more information please call us on +44 (0)20 7100 2875 or email reports [@] policytracker.com

Which bands are covered?

The Spectrum Guide gives a comprehensive written analysis and statistical report for all the possible 5G bands from 3 GHz to 90 GHz, as well as the 4G bands given below:

4G bands covered
450 MHz  L-band 2.6 GHz
600 MHz 1800 MHz 3.5 GHz
700 MHz 1900 MHz 3.6 – 3.8 GHz
800 MHz 2 GHz 3.7 – 4.2 GHz
850 MHz  2.3 GHz 5.1 – 5.9 GHz
900 MHz AWS bands

In-depth analysis

Spectrum policy briefing for 12 countries and 21 leading industry players:

Vendors Operators Countries
Ericsson Deutsche Telekom China
Qualcomm Telefónica Group India
Samsung Electronics Vodafone Group United States
Nokia SoftBank Group Brazil
Cisco China Mobile Japan
Fujitsu Orange Group Germany
Intel Verizon Wireless Canada
Huawei United Kingdom
OTT players Satellite
Google SES
Facebook Inmarsat
Microsoft Airbus