skip to main content
Close Icon We use cookies to improve your website experience.  To learn about our use of cookies and how you can manage your cookie settings, please see our Cookie Policy.  By continuing to use the website, you consent to our use of cookies.
Global Search Configuration


On October 24, 2017, the US regulator, the FCC, issued a proposal for comment to revise the rules governing the 3.5GHz band in an effort to better reflect the changes in technology and promote investment.


  • As technology develops and the world progresses to next-generation services such as 5G, which has far greater capacity requirements, it will become important to explore alternatives to exclusive licensing frameworks.

Features and Benefits

  • Analyzes the FCC's proposed changes to the three-tier spectrum licensing framework.
  • Evaluates the ACMA's five-year spectrum outlook.

Key questions answered

  • What changes to the three-tier spectrum framework are recommended by the regulator?
  • What changes in the approach to spectrum licensing are recommended by the Australian regulator?

Table of contents

Ovum view

  • Summary
  • Adopting alternative licensing regimes would encourage more efficient spectrum use and lay foundations for 5G deployment
  • Changes to the licensing and technical rules of the 3.5GHz band will provide operators with greater investment certainty
  • Spectrum holdings should be considered holistically rather than in separate bands to better reflect developments in technology


  • Further reading
  • Author

Recommended Articles


Have any questions? Speak to a Specialist

Europe, Middle East & Africa team - +44 (0) 207 017 7700

Asia-Pacific team - +61 (0)3 960 16700

US team - +1 646 957 8878

+44 (0) 207 551 9047 - Operational from 09.00 - 17.00 UK time

You can also contact your named/allocated Client Services Executive using their direct dial.
PR enquiries - Call us at +44 7770704398 or email us at

Contact marketing -

Already an Ovum client? Login to the Knowledge Center now