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This report analyzes the potential for spectrum around 3.5GHz and C-band for 5G services.


  • The frequencies around 3.5GHz and in the lower C-band spectrum up to 4.2GHz are gaining attention as a widely available, mid-range option that promises higher bandwidth and capacity than the sub-3GHz bands.

Features and Benefits

  • Understand the level of interest in the mid-range bands around 3GHz as potential frequencies for 5G services.
  • See which countries are most likely to adopt these bands and which operators are pioneering their adoption.

Key questions answered

  • What are the key benefits of the 3.5GHz and C-band frequencies for 5G?
  • How widespread is the adoption of these bands likely to be, and where will they be deployed first?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view
  • Recommendations

3.5GHz and C-band

  • Spectrum availability and regulation
  • 5G trials and potential use cases for 3.5GHz
  • Vendor support and ecosystem
  • Extending the use of C-band for 5G


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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