Countdown to WRC-19: more spectrum for HAPs and Wi-Fi?
Our second Countdown to WRC-19 Research Note looks at the mobile and fixed services, the topics covered in Chapters 1 and 2 of the conference preparatory document.
Excluding 5G mmWave services, the first big issue is additional spectrum around 39 GHz and 20 GHz for High Altitude Platforms (HAPS), such as balloons.
A second major consideration is extending the 5 GHz Wi-Fi band, which is not attracting significant support.
The third talking point is terrestrial and satellite coexistence around 2 GHz.
5G in the mmWave bands is discussed in a separate Note.
All the Countdown to WRC-19 Research Notes are available online and we will be highlighting the different subject areas in a series of forthcoming alerts.
November 2017 marked the half-way point between WRC-15 and WRC-19, the regular inter-governmental meeting tasked with amending the Radio Regulations. In a series of Research Notes, we take stock of global preparations for the meeting. This Note explains how the process works and we examine the agenda items in detail in the Notes that follow.
This Research Note looks at agenda items contained in Chapters 1 and 2 of the Conference Preparatory Meeting (CPM) Report, principally new spectrum for High Altitude Platforms (HAPS); the identification of frequencies for some transport applications; extending the 5GHz Wi-Fi band; and terrestrial and satellite coexistence around 2 GHz.
Auction Tracker updates
The UK Court of Appeal has dealt the final blow to mobile operator Three’s challenge to the upcoming auctions of 2.3 GHz and 3.5 GHz spectrum. The regulator, Ofcom, says it will now quickly move forward.
PolicyTracker understands that binding auction plan reviews are still on the table in European Electronic Communications Code discussions and that some EU member states are coming around to the idea.
Roberto Viola, head of the European Commission’s directorate general for connectivity (DG Connect), told a conference in Brussels today that the release of the 700 MHz, 3.4-3.8 GHz and 26 GHz bands will be “the most important release of frequencies ever in Europe”.
Some policymakers are starting to believe that coverage may be a more important policy objective for spectrum auctions than just filling government coffers.