Hard on the heels of yesterday’s detailed GSMA report on spectrum prices comes an open letter to governments on the identification of spectrum for mobile communications.
The GSMA, which represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, has underlined its concerns about securing the future of 5G in an open letter to ministers in 170 countries.
The letter, freely available at the GSMA website, calls on governments to support the identification of spectrum for mobile at World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19), in Egypt, which takes place from 28 October to 22 November.
The letter calls for “collaboration to unlock the full potential of 5G to enable a Better Future”, noting the need for governments and industry to “work together to ensure that spectrum resources are used in the most efficient and effective ways to the benefit of citizens worldwide”.
Relevant to readers of this site in particular is a reference to the contribution that mobile networks play in delivering on the targets of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and what 5G can offer in this context. This, of course, partly depends on the spectrum decisions taken by governments this November.
Highlighting the potential of 5G to improve the lives of billions of people around the world in the years to come, the letter says that WRC-19 presents the opportunity to identify mmWave spectrum in the 26, 40 and 66 GHz bands and argues that these bands enable key capabilities of 5G such as ultra-high capacity and ultra-high-speed services.
Of course enabling such services is not the same as making them happen in a way that will benefit emerging economies. That said, spectrum is certainly required for growth. Therefore the first step, the GSMA rightly points out, is to bring into play appropriate spectrum. After that, how it will benefit the developing world is the next question that needs to be answered.