5.1 – 5.9 GHz: regulators are extending this band independently of the ITU
Nov 03, 2017 by Spectrum Research Service Blog

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The 5.1 – 5.9 GHz Band is a key Wi-Fi band that is also used for unlicensed LTE technologies.  Although discussion on extending the band is on the agenda for  WRC-19,  several major regulators are already adding more spectrum to the 5.1 – 5.9 GHz Band.

The major players in the wifi hardware market, Cisco, Intel and Qualcom, are all pushing for the 5.1 – 5.9 GHz Band to be extended.  Qualcom has also been a leader in developing LTE in the 5 GHz band.

In this article we further examine the efforts to expand and harmonise in this band as well as expanding on the LTE technologies being employed in 5.1 – 5.9 GHz.

Research Notes

Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. by Catherine Viola
Qualcomm is supporting the C-Band and 26 GHz / 28 GHz as new frequencies for early 5G deployments; the vendor…

Intel by Catherine Viola
Intel supports the 26/28 GHz bands for early 5G deployment. It is also pushing for extension of the licence-exempt 5…

Cisco by Catherine Viola
Cisco, a leading provider of core networking and Wi-Fi equipment, is pushing for the expansion of licence-exempt frequencies in the…

5G spectrum: progress since WRC-15 by Martin Sims
Two years ago a large number of possible 5G bands were being proposed but short term plans are now focussed…

Brazil by Jonathan Watson
The Brazilian regulator is one of many worldwide to have launched a consultation on using the 3.5 GHz band for…

Auction Tracker updates

Latvia 3.4 GHz and 3.6 GHz by Patrick Gahan
The SPRK is considering selling licences in the 3.5 GHz and 3.6 – 3.8 GHz band in the frequency ranges between…

Malta 800 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2.6 GHz by Patrick Gahan
MCA October 30, 2017: The MCA has asked for parties interested in obtaining licences in the 800 MHz, 1800 MHz and…

South Africa 700 MHz, 800 MHz, 2.6 GHz by admin_pt
Independent Communications Authority South Africa (ICASA) Update July 26, 2016: The South African telecoms minister is reportedly taking legal action…

Italy 3.6-3.8 GHz by Patrick Gahan
Ministry of Economic Development (MISE) 25 October 2017: Documents from the Italian Ministry of economic development seen by PolicyTracker state…

Italy 700 MHz, 3.4-3.8 GHz, 26 GHz by Kane Mumford
Ministry of Economic Development (MISE) October 25, 2017: PolicyTracker reported on 16 October 2017 that Italy was due to make…

News articles

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Spectrum sharing won’t happen without strong regulatory push by Dugie Standeford
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Australia plans new approach for 26 GHz by Richard Handford
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