WRC 19 Wrap-up: Additional spectrum allocations agreed for IMT-2020 (5G mobile)


WRC-19 identified additional globally harmonized (millimetre wave) frequency bands for International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT), including IMT-2020 (otherwise known as 5G mobile).

Frequency bands 24.25-27.5 GHz, 37-43.5 GHz, 45.5-47 GHz, 47.2-48.2 and 66-71 GHz are allocated for the deployment of 5G networks.

In total, 17.25 GHz of spectrum has been identified for IMT by the Conference and 14.75 GHz of that spectrum has been harmonized worldwide.

Earlier 1.9 GHz of bandwidth was available before WRC-19.

Maybe we have now enough bandwidth to fullfill some of the 5G promises. Se still need to solve many technical issues and build network.


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

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    The mobile industry’s goal going into WRC-19 was to identify enough 5G spectrum to deliver long-lasting socio-economic benefits. WRC-19 delivered on this goal and also secured a pathway to 5G’s future success in the agenda for WRC-23.”

    Thus one of the most important agreements at WRC-19 was the identification of more high-frequency spectrum that could be set aside for a bunch of 5G services. The agreement included the 24.25 to 27.5 GHz, 37 to 43.5 GHz, 45.5 to 47 GHz, and 47.2 to 48.2 GHz bands, and at the top end, 66 to 71 GHz. The industry has been calling for new frequencies because ultralow latency and very high bit-rate applications will need larger continuous blocks of spectrum than those available in the frequency bands already identified.

    milestone-based regulatory approach for deploying non-geostationary satellite orbit (NGSO) satellites in specific bands and services so as to preserve their spectrum rights. The new rules will mean that operators will need to hit deployment milestones that commence seven years after requesting the spectrum.

    Companies such as SpaceX, OneWeb, Telsat, and Amazon are each planning thousands of satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) to connect broadband access to rural or underserved areas around the world.

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    ITU World Radiocommunication Conference agrees key parameters for future communication technologies

    High-speed, super-reliable, broadband connectivity enabled with 5G mobile, next-generation satellites and high altitude aerial stations


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