European regulators consult on 5G technical conditions in 3.5, 26 GHz bands

Wednesday 14 March 2018 | 15:49 CET | News

European regulators have approved draft technical conditions for the launch of 5G services in the 3,400-3,800 MHz and 26 GHz bands. The plans approved by the Electronic Communications Committee at its latest meeting are now open for public comment until 06 April. 

The ECC is part of the European Conference of Postal and Telecom Administrations, known as CEPT, and coordinates spectrum issues among 48 European states. The ECC is developing the 5G roadmap on behalf of the CEPT member states and a mandate from the European Commission. 

The public consultations include a decision to harmonise the use of the 26 GHz band for 5G across Europe. The aim is to make available at least 1 GHz in this band for 5G by 2020. 

In addition, the CEPT is consulting on its reports on the required technical conditions for 5G networks in both bands, covering issues such as the use of active antenna units, defragmentation of the 3.4-3.8 GHz band and co-existence with other services in the 26 GHz band. ECC members Ericsson, Nokia, Qualcomm, Samsung and Huawei, which participate as members of the Global mobile Suppliers Association and lobby group Digital Europe, contributed input on 5G technological challenges to help ECC shape the spectrum regulation.

Following the input from the market, the ECC aims to adopt the final 5G spectrum regulation for the 3,400-3,800 MHz and 26 GHz bands at its next meeting in July.

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