PolicyTracker band profiles have been updated
Apr 29, 2021 by Toby Youell


Tags1900 MHz, 26 GHz, 3.3 - 3.8 GHz, 6 GHz, Above 90 GHz

This week the FCC announced its plan to publish a Public Notice about implementing emission limits agreed at WRC-19 with respect to licences across the 24.25 – 25.25 GHz range. The spectrum was auctioned in Spring 2019, but later that year the World Radiocommunication Conference established much stricter limits than those set out in the FCC’s licences in order to protect space-borne radars at 23.6 – 24 GHz.

The future consultation document speaks to one of the central tensions of global spectrum management: how to promote global harmonisation, while allowing individual countries to innovate.

Despite these difficulties, spectrum managers have established several global mobile bands that have delivered enormous benefits for society as a whole.

The Spectrum Research Service includes newly updated profiles for 19 of these bands. These include high-profile global mid-bands such as the 3.3 – 3.8 GHz band, and legacy regional bands that might be unknown to some spectrum managers, such as the 1900 MHz band.

We also profile eight possible future 5G bands. These bands have attracted interest but lack some important aspect, such as availability of equipment or licences. These vary from mid-bands such as the 6 GHz band, where the focus is not on mobile broadband but could be in the future, to bands that pose engineering challenges, such as above 90 GHz.

These profiles are available to Spectrum Research Service subscribers here.