ASMG plans release of 3.3 to 3.8 GHz range

The GSMA has welcomed the decision by the Arab Spectrum Management Group (ASMG) to release the use of the 3.3 to 3.8 GHz spectrum range to mobile broadband, the company said.

This important step will increase the availability of the right type of harmonised spectrum for 5G deployment across the Arab world and help accelerate ultra-fast 5G network rollouts in the region.

The ASMG, which represents 22 Arabic countries, coordinates on issues related to spectrum management and the ITU´s World Radiocommunication Conferences between Arab nations. The group has approved the use of the 3.4 to 3.8 GHz range for mobile broadband use across the entire Arab region, while the 3.3 to 3.4 GHz range is available for partial use as some countries continue to reserve this band for other services.

5G mobile broadband equipment will operate across a wide tuning range across the whole 3.3 to 3.8 GHz range. This will support a rapidly growing equipment ecosystem for the 3 GHz range, increasing the economies of scale for device manufacturers and setting the right conditions for bringing affordable devices to market more quickly.

The announcement, made at the December meeting of the ASMG in Amman, Jordan, underscores the momentum behind the next generation of mobile connectivity.

Globally, between 2018 and 2020, more than 50 countries will launch 5G mobile services across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. In some markets, the launch of 5G commercial services is occurring earlier than initially announced, including several countries that fall within the ASMG, including Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE.

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting more than 750 operators with over 350 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and Internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces the industry-leading MWC events held annually in Barcelona, Los Angeles and Shanghai, as well as the Mobile 360 Series of regional conferences.