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Mobile operators fail to make use of available spectrum

13 October 2014
Mobile spectrum

In most regions of the world at least 30 per cent of spectrum for IMT (international mobile telecommunications) services is not yet licensed, according to LS telcom’s study about worldwide licensing and usage of IMT spectrum.

From within that which is licensed almost a quarter is not yet in service, the situation being worse for TDD spectrum than FDD spectrum. Among other figures, the study finds that most countries should be able to find at least another 150 MHz of additional IMT spectrum from within that which is regionally harmonised and that almost every country should be able to find at least 200 MHz of spectrum that is more widely recognised as being usable for IMT. The analysis also shows that the 700 MHz spectrum still remains to be licensed in most parts of the world and that the 2600 MHz bands, which represent nearly 200 MHz of IMT spectrum, remains to be licensed virtually everywhere with the exception of Europe.

Richard Womersley, director of Spectrum Consulting at LS telcom and author of the study, concluded that “there is clearly a need for regulators to push forward with the licensing of remaining IMT spectrum, and for operators to put their entire licensed spectrum into use before further spectrum is identified for IMT services at WRC-15.”

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