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The role of regulators and policy-makers is to identify and prioritize actions that facilitate the continued long-term growth in consumer and citizen benefits from increasing use of mobile data services.


  • In this report, we will explore the various research initiatives that are under way, how 5G uses are being promoted, the spectrum bands most likely to be used for 5G and how they are being made available, and finally how regulation in areas outside of spectrum policy needs to adapt to take into account new 5G services.

Features and Benefits

  • Provides an overview of research initiatives that are under way.
  • Assesses how regulators are preparing for 5G outside of spectrum policy.

Key questions answered

  • What progress is being made from a regulatory point of view?
  • Which countries are leading in spectrum requirements for 5G?

Table of contents


  • The regulator's role is that of an enabler

Policy environment, investment emphasis, and R&D initiatives

  • 5G Public Private Partnership (5G-PPP)
  • ITU-R Working Party 5D
  • The UK's 5G Innovation Centre
  • EU research partnerships with China, South Korea, and Japan
  • 5G association in Taiwan
  • Advanced Wireless Research Initiative

Global availability of candidate spectrum bands

  • A fragmented approach to bands so far
  • 700MHz band
  • 1.4GHz band (1427–1452MHz and 1492–1518MHz)
  • 3.4–3.8GHz band
  • Above 24GHz band (24.5–27.5GHz, 31.8–33.4GHz, and 40.5–43.5GHz)

Facilitation of denser networks

  • Regulation will have to facilitate network densification by creating a favorable environment for mobile backhaul
  • Shaping ICT regulation to avoid barriers to 5G


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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