GSA and GSMA Announce Agreement to Collaborate on Spectrum for 5G Networks

The Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) and the GSMA have announced an agreement that will help pave the way for the development of 5G mobile broadband networks globally. Through this cooperation framework, the two organizations will share and collaborate on spectrum management issues with particular reference to the allocation, harmonization and market availability of new bands.

The partnership is a major build-up in the run up to the ITU World Radio-communication Conference in 2019 (WRC-19). It will help ensure a coherent and consistent approach in support of new spectrum allocations for mobile broadband networks based on IMT technology. The partnership will also include addressing already-identified spectrum, which must be assigned to meet current and future demand for mobile broadband services.

Following a successful joint 5G workshop at ITU Telecom World 2016 in Thailand, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed at a meeting between the GSA and the GSMA in London. It employs a multi-faceted approach that will prioritize sharing studies in support of frequency bands for future 5G deployments. In addition, the two organizations will jointly identify and support key countries to facilitate the timely availability of already allocated spectrum, carrying out in-country studies and technical analysis as required.