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ITU Member States have been urged to initiate studies and adopt an agenda item for the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 to identify additional spectrum bands for IMT to realise the benefits of 5G mobile telephony.
According to Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, Chairman of the Next Generation Mobile Networks Alliance (NGMN), 5G mobile systems will require access to new spectrum bands supporting much wider bandwidths than those available today if the full capabilities of the 5G vision are to be delivered. “Therefore a decision to initiate studies and schedule an agenda item to decide on new spectrum bands above 6GHz at the next conference in 2019 is an important objective to be achieved at the ITU World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) that convenes in Geneva next month,” he stated. The views of NGMN – founded by leading international network operators in 2006. Its objective is to ensure that the functionality and performance of next generation mobile network infrastructure, service platforms and devices will meet the requirements of operators and, ultimately, will satisfy end user demand and expectations – on the future IMT spectrum to be discussed at WRC-15 have been published in a briefing paper – Future IMT spectrum goals for ITU WRC-15.
Key points from the NGMN briefing paper include:
“NGMN is committed to working with ITU members to complete the necessary studies to enable decisions to be taken on IMT above 6GHz at WRC-19,” concluded Jacobfeuerborn.