PARIS — The mobile network operators that strove with limited success to obtain large chunks of C-band spectrum two years ago in Geneva will try again in 2019 to secure more spectrune future 5G networks.
Higher frequencies, including some of the Ka-band spectrum favored by numerous high-throughput satellite projects today, have also caught the eyes of mobile operators for 5G, Francois Rancy, the International Telecommunication Union’s Radiocommunication Bureau director, said at Euroconsult’s World Satellite Business Week conference here Sept. 13.
Those terrestrial companies, along with regulatory bodies and related organizations, are formalizing their positions on spectrum allocations ahead of the ITU’s next World Radiocommunications Conference in November 2019, referred to as WRC-19. Held in Geneva, WRC conclaves are where decisions are made on who has rights to the finite but increasingly in-demand spectrum resources needed by the entire telecommunications industry.
“What is on the agenda of the conference is actually a total of more than 30 GHz of spectrum bandwidth, which means about 15 times what is currently used by 2G, 3G and 4G now,” Rancy said. “So we are speaking about a huge amount of spectrum, and obviously as has been in the past.”
Rancy said the ...