Nkom encourages uptake of 5G testing licenses

2017-03-20 13:11:10 | Source:Telecompaper

Norwegian telecoms regulator Nkom said it aims to facilitate testing for 5G mobile services and applications such as the IoT, driverless cars and intelligent transport systems, and is inviting the industry to get in touch in order to obtain experimental licenses, reports Telecompaper on March 17, 2017. It said the Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG), which advises the European Commission, has designated the 3.4-3.8 GHz band, the 694-790 MHz band and the 24.25- 27.50 GHz band as pioneer bands for 5G. It suggested that anyone wanting to run 5G tests in bands that are already allocated, should contact the permit holder to request a lease of the relevant resources.
Nkom said it has allocated the 3.6-3.8 GHz band to Telenor and Telia until 2022, which is also when the 3.4 – 3.6 GHz licenses expire. The 700 MHz band is currently used for digital television broadcasting, but Nkom intends to switch these frequencies to mobile communications before the end of 2018. The 26 GHz band is currently used for radio lines and spectrum permits in the band run out in 2019.

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