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New frequency bands are currently being allocated, or will be in the years to come, to mobile services and IMT technologies. Current LTE spectrum is fragmented, even if use of LTE is converging towards a few bands.

A number of bands below 6 GHz are candidates for IMT technologies in Europe and would be on the WRC-15 agenda. Other bands, above 6 GHz and potentially very high frequency bands, should also be considered.

This report presents the candidate bands for mobile use in Europe for WRC-15 and WRC-18, and regional and national examples.

Table Of Contents

New frequency bands for LTE and plans for 5G
Contents
1. Executive Summary ...... 6
2. Methodology.... 8
3. New frequency bands for mobile broadband. 9
3.1. New MBB spectrum: which frequency bands?... 9
3.2. 450 MHz. 10
3.3. 600 MHz in the USA... 11
3.3.1. Reversed and forward auctions. 11
3.3.2. Repacking process...... 11
3.4. 700 MHz. 12
3.4.1. First and Second Digital Dividends... 12
3.4.2. Possible harmonisation ...... 13
3.4.3. Technical challenges and remaining issues ... 15
3.5. L-Band: 1452-1492 MHz and adjacent blocks ... 16
3.5.1. 1452-1492 MHz.... 16
3.5.2. Adjacent blocks: 1492-1518 MHz (1375-1400 MHz) - 1427-1452 MHz... 16
3.6. 2 GHz TDD.... 17
3.7. 2 GHz MSS ... 17
3.7.1. Europe.... 17
3.7.2. USA. 18
3.8. 2.3 GHz band 19
3.8.1. In Europe 19
3.8.2. In the USA..... 20
3.9. 2.7-2.9 GHz... 21
3.10. 3.4-3.8 GHz... 21
3.11. 3.8-4.2 GHz... 23
3.12. 4.4-4.99 GHz. 24
3.13. Unlicensed frequency bands.. 24
3.13.1.5 GHz band ... 24
3.13.2.60 GHz band: high data rates for short-distance communications .... 26
3.13.3.LTE in unlicensed bands (LTE-U) .... 27
4. LTE spectrum status... 29
4.1. Existing frequency bands for mobile broadband.... 29
4.1.1. FDD spectrum ...... 29
4.1.2. TDD spectrum ...... 30
4.2. Spectrum allocated to mobile operators around the world.. 31
5. Plans to free up additional spectrum for mobile broadband... 32
5.1. The 6 GHz band .. 32
5.2. 5G candidate frequency bands ..... 33
5.2.1. European Commission initiative 33
5.2.2. METIS plans for new spectrum . 33
5.2.3. A number of experiments and initiatives in the world ... 35
6. Plans for release of additional mobile broadband spectrum .. 37
6.1. USA. 37
6.2. Europe... 38
6.2.1. Sweden .. 38
6.2.2. UK ... 39
6.3. Asia-Pacific.. 40

Tables and Figures
Table 1 : Potential new frequency bands for mobile broadband - Europe. 9
Table 2 : First and Second Digital Dividends, worldwide .... 13
Table 3: APT 700 MHz plan - adoption in Asia-Pacific...... 13
Table 4 : 5 GHz sub-band deployment permissions and combination analyses .... 25
Table 5 : Main frequency bands for UMTS/HSPA/LTE deployment - FDD mode . 29
Table 6 : Main frequency bands for UMTS/HSPA/LTE deployment - TDD mode . 30
Table 7 : FDD spectrum assets for selected operators (July 2014) .. 31
Table 8 : Applications in the 5850-6700 MHz frequency ranges 32
Table 9 : Spectrum bands targeted by Metis (9-37 GHz and >40 GHz)...... 34
Table 10 : Spectrum bands targeted by METIS by priority: high in green, medium yellow, low red..... 34
Table 11 : Details of 5G experimental trials ..... 35
Table 12 : Federal spectrum under investigation for future mobile broadband use in the USA .... 37
Table 13 : Summarised view of candidate bands for LTE and opinion of RSPG by Ofcom... 39
Table 14 : Summary of Ofcom work on new bands to cope with mobile data surge in the UK..... 40
Table 15 : UK - Spectrum availability, by identified bands .... 40
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Figure 1 : 450 MHz spectrum in Brazil..... 10
Figure 2 : Expected FCC 600 MHz plan .. 12
Figure 3 : Potential channelling arrangements in the 700 MHz... 14
Figure 4 : Overlap between the 700 MHz APT band plan and the 800 MHz band.. 15
Figure 5 : MSS and FSS frequency bands...... 18
Figure 6 : Positioning of ICO and TerreStar in the 2 GHz band (S-band) . 18
Figure 7 : 2300 MHz band allocations globally ...... 20
Figure 8 : The 2.3 GHz band in the USA . 20
Figure 9 : 2.3 GHz band in the USA.. 20
Figure 10 : The 2500-2900 MHz range band plan opportunities... 21
Figure 11 : Harmonised frequency arrangements for the 3.4-3.8 GHz bands.... 22
Figure 12 : LSA in the 3.5 GHz band in the USA ..... 23
Figure 13 : 5 GHz spectrum possible extensions..... 24
Figure 14 : initial proposal for 5 GHz band extension ..... 25
Figure 15 : 60 GHz Band Channel Plan by Region.. 26
Figure 16 : LTE in the 5 GHz band ..... 27
Figure 17 : LTE-U benefits over Wifi... 28
Figure 18: 5G-PPP members...... 33
Figure 19 : Roadmap for release of more than 500 MHz new spectrum in Sweden . 38

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