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UK industry outlines 5G options for 26 GHz band

The UK wireless industry’s Spectrum Policy Forum has published a paper on possible licensing models for the 26 GHz band for 5G services, reports Telecompaper on July 11, 2017. Prepared by Analysys Mason, the paper looks at a range of options, from shared use with existing users to flexible use with sub-leasing options to dedicated nationwide licenses.

Ofcom has already identified 26 GHz as a so-called ‘pioneer’ band for 5G, and the regulator is expected to launch a consultation soon on the options for licensing the band. The mmWave spectrum is expected to be among the first bands to be used for the next generation of networks.

The paper explores industry interests and the amount of spectrum that may be needed and how soon. It is part of a series on 5G prepared by the SPF, which was set up at the request of the government to help advise on spectrum management.