The GSMA has proposed using the 6GHz spectrum for 5G to improve connectivity and the economic possibilities of the fifth-generation cellular network.
The Global System for Mobile Communications (GSMA), a member-led global organization for mobile carriers, has urged countries to license the 6GHz spectrum for 5G. It argues that failing to do so will result in a significant economic downturn for sectors and jeopardizes its expanded deployment across industries.
According to the GSMA, the 6GHz mid-band is the best band for realizing the full potential of 5G. However, it has expressed concern about countries failing to implement the recommended band in order to maintain homogeneity.
Spectrum in Major Markets
As of now, no country has begun or plans to begin using 6GHz for its 5G ambitions. China intends to use the entire 1200 MHz spectrum in the 6 GHz band for 5G operations.
Meanwhile, Europe is dividing the band in half. It is thinking about the upper 500 MHz tranche for 5G and the lower 500 MHz tranche for WiFi. Similarly, governments in Africa and the Middle East have taken a similar approach.
However, the problem is spreading to the West. Both the United States and Latin America have stated unequivocally that they will not mobilize their valuable resources for 5G. Instead, they will open up their infrastructures and technologies to WiFi and other new innovations.
Rationale For 6GHz band
The GSMA is endorsing the 6GHz spectrum for its multi-storey applications. According to the proposal, the proposed band will not only help achieve “affordable connectivity for greater social inclusion,” but it will also be the most important component to supplement the components of smart cities, transportation, urbanization, and industry.
To reach its full potential, 5G is expected to require 2GHz of mid-band spectrum over the next decade.
According to John Guisti, the GSMA’s Chief Regulatory Officer, 5G has the potential to increase global GDP by $2.2 trillion. He also stated that the economic goal will be impossible to achieve due to “inadequate 6 GHz spectrum.”
He believes that more clarity and certainty are needed to encourage massive and long-term investments in 5G’s critical infrastructure.
The World Radio Communication Conference is scheduled for 2023. It will give the GSMA ample opportunity to encourage governments to adopt the 6 GHz band for 5G in their respective countries and achieve a uniform ecosystem.
Suggestions from the GSMA
The GSMA has suggested that governments set aside at least 6425-7125 MHz of frequency bandwidth for the 5G network. It has requested that countries use the bottom half of the 5925MHz-6425MHz band on a license-exempt basis with technology-neutral rules based on their needs.
They have also asked governments to ensure that backhaul services for the 5G network in the 6GHz band are protected.
5G is already available in 61 countries and is rapidly expanding, with many more countries set to launch soon. Its incredible data speed with 1 ms latency means it will drive a digital transformation of all industries and usher in a revolution in how we interact with the internet.
The technology will also play an important role in achieving environmental and climate goals, as 5G connectivity will reduce carbon emissions. However, in order to meet these ideal goals, most countries must prioritize 6GHz, which will generate the most 5G output.
The discourse surrounding the 5G network is growing and will continue to dominate discussions in the post-COVID-19 world. Do you believe it is truly necessary, or has it simply become unavoidable? Let us know what you think about the current 5G eco-system in the comments section below.