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Ofcom sets out 5G spectrum auction method

UK comms regulator Ofcom has set out the design of the auction for awarding licences for millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum. In September 2023, Ofcom confirmed that it will open the 26 GHz and 40 GHz spectrum bands to mobile technology, including 5G services. According to Ofcom, as well as improving mobile services – particularly capacity […]

November 8, 2023By Colin Mann

Ofcom to enable 5G improvements

UK comms regulator Ofcom has set out further detail on how and when it will make millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum across the 26 GHz and 40 GHz bands available for new mobile technology, including 5G services. According to Ofcom, mmWave spectrum could deliver significant benefits to people and businesses in the UK. As well as […]

September 28, 2023By Colin Mann

Data: 5G reaches tipping point

Industry data from network test, monitoring and assurance solutions specialist Viavi Solutions reveals that 5G connectivity has reached a tipping point globally as 5G networks are now active in 47 of the world’s 70 largest economies by GDP. In its seventh annual The State of 5G, VIAVI revealed that there are 2,497 cities globally with […]

April 18, 2023

Study: Mid-band spectrum essential for 5G capacity and coverage

As the key ingredient for wireless technology, radio frequency spectrum is an important resource, according to trade body 5G Americas. One of the most useful spectrum bands for 5G is mid-band, which ranges between 1 GHz and 6 GHz, and offers a balance of speed, capacity, coverage, and penetration for cellular wireless networks. A study […]

March 24, 2023By Colin Mann

Ofcom opens up mmWave spectrum

UK comms regulator Ofcom is to make millimetre wave (mmWave) spectrum across the 26 GHz and 40 GHz bands available for new mobile technology, including 5G services. This could deliver significant benefits by enabling large wireless data capacity and speeds. It can be used to improve mobile services and deliver innovative new services across the […]

March 13, 2023By Colin Mann

Ofcom sets out wireless technology future

UK communications regulator Ofcom has set out proposals to unlock new and innovative wireless technologies for everyday use – as well as making services faster, more reliable, and more secure. First, it is consulting on changes to the rules that apply to Short-Range Devices (SRDs). Typically, these devices are mass-market, portable consumer-tech products and include […]

May 9, 2022By Colin Mann

Verizon, partners achieve 5G upload milestone

A lab trial using aggregated bands of 5G mmWave spectrum undertaken by Verizon, Samsung Electronics, and Qualcomm Technologies has reached upload speeds of 711 Mbps. “Our mmWave build is a critical differentiator, even as we drive towards massive and rapid expansion of our 5G service using our newly acquired mid-band spectrum, we are doubling down […]

October 18, 2021

Study: 3.2bn 5G connections by 2026

A study from Juniper Research has found that the total number of 5G connections will reach 3.2 billion by 2026; rising from 310 million in 2021. To maximise the monetisation of this significant growth in connections, it predicts that operators will accelerate investment into standalone 5G networks best to position their services to manage future […]

August 10, 2021

Forecast: mmWave smartphones critical mass after 2023

The 5G smartphone market is becoming the most accelerated mobile technology generation ever, offering an extensive opportunity across the network options of both 5G sub-6 Gigahertz (GHz) and mmWave, which can enable ultra-fast data throughput using very short-range networks. However, up until now, the use of mmWave in smartphones has been limited at best, but […]

June 10, 2021

Study identifies mmWave connectivity benefits

A study by TMT management consulting firm Analysys Mason, commissioned by Qualcomm and Ericsson, on the status, costs and benefits of 5G millimetre-wave (mmWave) deployment in Europe identifies that mmWave spectrum in Europe might provide connectivity for mobile broadband users in public mobile networks, 5G fixed-wireless access (FWA) services into homes and offices, and a […]

June 8, 2021By Colin Mann