New 5G spectrums in WRC-19
World Radiocommunication Conferences (WRCs) are held every 4 years in order to review and revise the Radio Regulations (RR) RR international treaty governing spectrum use (& satellite orbit). The decisions are being taken following a study period of 3 years. The next WRC-19 to be held from October 28th to November 22nd 2019 in Sharm-el-Sheik, Egypt.
The conference is governed by specific set of rules and etiquette:
− The meeting is being conducted in strict accordance to an agenda agreed during the previous conference.
− Only the administration representatives are involved in the decision making process and are allowed to take the floor during the debates.
− “One country-one vote” principle. However, voting is rarely used to the preferred method-consensus by unanimity.
Additional spectrum for 5G
Under the Agenda Item 1.13, the Conference will work on identification of IMT spectrum within the below ranges.
• Incumbent services in these bands include satellite, aeronautical radio navigation, fix services, Earth exploration, radio astronomy and automotive radar.
• In addition of identifying the bands, the conference will define a set of protection measures for the incumbent services operating in the band and in the adjacent bands.
• Overprotecting these services could result in a drastically reduction of the amount of spectrum allocated to the mobile industry; this in terms will lead to artificial scarcity and elevated licence prices.
Road for WRC-23: One of the task of WRC-19 will be to finalise the Agenda for WRC-23.
The preliminary agenda for WRC-23 was agreed by WRC-15 & will be completed by WRC-19 , which offers possibility to consider additional spectrum for future IMT deployments
• Identification of additional spectrum for MBB in the 470-694MHz band. – Additional sub 1GHz spectrum could solve any capacity constraints after 2025.
• Identification of the 3.8-4.2GHz. – This band is adjacent to the European 5G core band and could act as a capacity extension.
• Study new bands above 6GHz – Currently there is no allocation between 6 and 24GHz. This spectrum could be used for FWA applications more economically than in the higher bands.