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5G Spectrum

5G networks are emerging not only as the foundation for advanced communication services, but also as the infrastructure supporting socio-economic development and driving industrial digital transformation. Spectrum and regulation play a fundamental role in making 5G a success, ensuring timely availability of the spectrum under appropriate conditions to allow the wireless market to respond to consumer and industrial demand for services.

This position paper presents Huawei’s insights and recommendations on 5G spectrum and regulations impacting the allocation of frequency bands.

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Spectrum for the early deployment of 5G

Policy makers and regulators are recommended to harmonize the spectrum allocation for 5G.

  • Sub-6GHz early frequency band for 5G deployment: at least 100 MHz contiguous spectrum per network from the 3300-3800 and 4400-5000 MHz bands.
  • High frequency bands for the early deployment of 5G: at least 800 MHz contiguous spectrum per network from the 24.25-29.5 and 37-43.5 GHz bands.
  • Use of low frequencies (e.g. 700, 800, 900, 1800 and 2100 MHz) in combination with C-band (LTE/NR uplink spectrum sharing) should be permitted.

Policy and regulation for 5G

  • Nationwide exclusive licensing is the preferred authorisation model for 5G.
  • New spectrum assignments should be technology and service neutral.

Future work

  • Development of the L-band and 470-694/698 MHz spectrum in the UHF band at regional level should be undertaken
  • Trends of industry convergence should be considered when defining long term spectrum planning
  • The WRC-19 key target is harmonisation of spectrum allocation for IMT above 24.25 GHz

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