The European Commission will harmonise radio spectrum for the future 5G

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The European Commission has decided it will harmonise the radio spectrum in the 3.4-3.8 GHz band for the future of 5G.

Harmonising the radio spectrum is necessary to enable European Union Member States to reorganise and allow the use of that band for 5G systems by 31 December 2020. This is in line with the European Electronic Communications Code.

The future of 5G

The European Commission said: “The Commission’s implementing decisions for the harmonisation of spectrum for wireless broadband electronic communications services are based on the principle of technology and service neutrality.”

  • No exclusive use for 5G has been mandated for the 3.6GHz band;
  • The progressive deployment of 5G will depend on the other two pioneer bands in the European Union (700 MHz and 26 GHz) until 2020, as well as on further spectrum wave bands;
  • The decision follows a positive opinion from Member States in the Radio Spectrum Committee.

The availability of the pioneer 700 MHz band across the European Union is foreseen by mid-2020.

What are the benefits of 5G technology?

The development of 5G technology could boost European growth and has multiple predicted benefits for its users. These benefits include faster speeds, more reliable mobile networks, and a wider mobile network coverage coverage. The improved connectivity which 5G technology is expected to provide also could enable advanced technologies such as virtual reality and driverless vehicles.

The European Commission said; “The “fifth generation” of telecommunication systems, or 5G, will be one of the most critical building blocks of our digital economy and society in the next decade. Europe has taken significant steps to lead global developments towards this strategic technology…5G will provide virtually ubiquitous, ultra-high bandwidth, and low latency “connectivity” not only to individual users but also to connected objects.”

5G standards is one of the five priority areas of the European Commission’s ‘Digitising European Industry’ initiative which has been launched recently.

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