Special Session 4

Spectrum for 5G

  • Tuesday, 13 June 2017, 16:30-18:00, Room Radisson Blu Nuotta&Luoto
  • Session Chair: Terje Tjelta (Telenor, Norway), Miia Mustonen (VTT, Finland), Ulrich Rehfuess (Nokia, Germany)


For 5G to become a success access to spectrum is of vital importance. It is important to understand how much spectrum is needed and how the various bands are suitable for 5G services, bands ranging from sub 6 GHz to the millimetre wave range where up to 100 GHz might be considered. The session spectrum for 5G" provides research results on the scenarios and requirements, spectrum allocation methods, various ways of sharing spectrum, suitability and challenges of millimetre waves.


Key prerequisites for success of 5G include forward looking spectrum policies and unlocking new spectrum assets through harmonization and spectrum sharing. Spectrum related efforts towards 5G in regulatory domain are specifically addressing new spectrum for the mobile service in preparation for the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) 2019 of the ITU-R in the frequency range between 24-86 GHz.


In the discussions on suitability of different bands for 5G, spectrum sharing plays an important role as indicated also in a communication from the EC in 2016 towards a gigabit society. The 5G Action plan for Europe published by the European Commission (EC) 2016 states as one of the key actions unlocking spectrum assets for 5G to support innovation and market entry and calls for national 5G deployment roadmaps already by the end of 2017.


The Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) of the EC published an early opinion on spectrum aspects for 5G in 2016 providing a strategic roadmap towards 5G for Europe In this opinion, the RSPG highlighted the pioneer bands for 5G launch and set itself a target to continue the work in subsequent opinion identifying and analysing spectrum related challenges, such as spectrum sharing, usage and license conditions.


In the CEPT roadmap for 5G, published in 2016, investigations on new sharing opportunities and challenges of new technologies (for example MIMO) are encouraged.