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Dec 17, 2018

Mid-Band Spectrum Global Update .

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Mid-Band Spectrum Global Update


In April 2018, the ‘Global Race to 5G – Spectrum and Infrastructure Plans and Priorities‘ report described 5G spectrum and infrastructure policies in leading markets around the world. The report benchmarked the situation in the US to that in nine other countries, specifically: Canada, China, France, Germany, Japan, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, and the UK.

The past few months have highlighted the continued push towards mid-band 5G, with auctions taking place in several markets. The next 12–18 months are likely to prove to be critical, with assignment confirmed or expected to take place in each of our remaining benchmark countries over that timescale.

This latest report provides an update to the earlier 5G readiness report, exclusively focusing on mid-band spectrum plans for 5G. In this report, we have extended our benchmark countries to include Australia, Spain and Sweden, as well as the original list of countries.

  • Key Finding: Since April 2018, four of our benchmark countries (Japan, South Korea, Spain and the UK) have auctioned or assigned mid-band spectrum. Several countries have also confirmed that mid-band spectrum will be assigned by June 2019 (e.g. Australia, Germany and Japan).
  • Key Finding: Among the benchmark countries, nearly 200MHz of mid-band spectrum per country is expected to be available by June 2019. By the end of 2020, an average of nearly 300MHz of mid-band spectrum will be available per country.
  • Key Finding: 5G trials using mid-band spectrum have continued or expanded in all our benchmark countries since our previous report. Since April 2018, mobile network operators (MNOs) have completed or announced over 20 independent 5G trial in these markets using mid-band spectrum.

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