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Spectrum for 5G - 26 GHz and 28 GHz

AMTA believes that Australia needs to continue its progression of enabling access to 5G spectrum in a timely manner, including mmWave spectrum.

We therefore welcomed the opportunity to respond to the ACMA’s consultations on options for 26 GHz spectrum as well as planning for the 28 GHz band. 

AMTA noted that the frequency range 27.5-28.35 GHz has been allocated in major markets around the world for 5G wireless broadband, so allocation to satellite services, in this frequency range in particular, should not be exclusive nationwide. Flexibility in spectrum options should be maximised by keeping 5G wireless broadband an option in population centres.

We also noted that a stronger case for ubiquitous earth station deployments in more sparsely populated areas without alternative connectivity complements geographic segregation from higher 5G wireless broadband demands in densely populated areas.

Finally, 3GPP standardisation of the 28 GHz band (3GPP Band n257), the auctioning of the band in major world markets and an existing range of chipsets supporting the band means that 28 GHz spectrum is a highly viable future spectrum option for mmWave 5G wireless broadband.

Click here to download the full  GMSA's infographic on 5G spectrum 26 GHz & 28 GHz.


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