3GPP Approves Upper 6 GHz Band Specification for 5G

3GPP Approves Specification of Upper 6 GHz band for 5G
Source: 5G-Xcast


The 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) has finalized the standardization of the upper 6 GHz spectrum for 5G. This occurred during the 3GPP RAN#96 plenary meeting, which took place from June 6 to June 9.

As part of Release 17, the upper 6 GHz spectrum (U6G, 6425–7125 MHz) is now specified as an IMT licensed band for NR, numbered n104.

The 3GPP has finalized the RF requirements for both network and user equipment in this band. This contributes to the industry’s ability to develop products, particularly in this range, on a consistent basis.

In addition, as part of Release 18, a resolution was introduced to continue efforts to specify the whole 6 GHz range for International Mobile Telecommunications IMT. This is a significant step toward establishing the full 6 GHz range as an IMT licensed band.

The mid-band 6 GHz frequency band is critical to digital transformation

Mobile communications have emerged as an irrefutable cornerstone of a country’s economic development and digital transformation. The mobile industry’s long-term development is equally critical to digital transformation.

The GSMA has urged governments to offer a 2 GHz mid-band spectrum by 2025 – 2030. According to the association, this will aid in realizing the ITU’s objective of 5G data speeds.

Meanwhile, the 6 GHz spectrum from 5925 MHz to 7125 MHz remains an important element of the mid-band spectrum. These enable operators to give the benefits of low band coverage and high band data rate capacity. Moreover, Telcos can deliver extensive 5G high-bandwidth at a low per-bit cost using these bands. This promotes continual 5G expansion and speeds up digital transformation.

Global efforts hasten the development of the U6G ecosystem

The standardization of U6G as a new IMT band was completed half a year after its inception by 3GPP on December 17, 2017, at a RAN plenary conference. Also, this was made feasible by the cooperation of worldwide operators, equipment and chip providers, and industry partners.

Furthermore, this demonstrates the mobile industry’s aim to promote U6G as an IMT band. The U6G spectrum will now encourage the development of mobile networks, devices, and ecosystems. For the time being, field tests on the 6 GHz IMT have commenced. Moreover, this allows for the pre-commercial deployment of the 6GHz IMT by 2025.

WRC-23 is critical for the growth of 6 GHz as a global IMT band.

The World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) will be held in 2023. It is an excellent opportunity for governments to coordinate 6 GHz initiatives and discuss how to expand the global telecom ecosystem.

The mobile industry has reached an agreement on how U6G can benefit IMT. WRC-19 passed a resolution designating AI 1.2 to U6G IMT in WRC-23. More and more countries and regions are recognizing the relevance of 6 GHz in sustaining the expansion of the mobile sector.

Similarly, more countries will work together to promote U6G as a global IMT band in order to speed digital transformation.

The 6 GHz band is a critical resource for realizing 5G’s transformational goal that 3GPP recognized. Also, the entire industry has realized this and is attempting to hasten its implementation across the states.

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