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The GTI Spectrum Workshop

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2023-12-08 11:01:00| Source:

GTI Spectrum Workshop Held in Dubai to Promote Development of Global 6GHz Industry

The GTI Spectrum Workshop was held on 23rd November at the World Radiocommunication Conference 2023 (WRC-23) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It was attended by Mr. Zhang Yunming, the Vice Minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Mr. Tomas Lamanauskas, the Deputy Secretary General of the ITU, and experts from global administrations and industries, to discuss and share views on the spectrum development, technology evolution and industrial cooperation of global mobile communications.

Mr. Zhang Yunming, the Vice Minister of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, noted that the world is currently witnessing a new round of scientific and technological revolution and industrial transformation in an ever-in-depth way, and the new-generation of ICT has evolved as a key driving force for high-quality socio-economic development. The radio-frequency spectrum and satellite orbit resources have become increasingly important.

He stressed that the WRC-23 was set to study and formulate the relevant rules and frameworks for radio-frequency spectrum and identify the priorities for future exploration and use of spectrum and orbital resources. It will be quite crucial to the equitable access to orbit spectrum resources, the development of the global radiocommunications industry and the coordinated development of different radio services, the results of which will be closely associated with the well-being of billions of people around the world.

The authorities of ITU Member States and the global industry have intensified their efforts in Dubai precisely to seek solutions and achieve the goal of common development. China will, as always, uphold the spirit of openness, inclusiveness and win-win cooperation, conduct extensive and in-depth exchanges with ITU Member States, and make positive contributions to the achievement of inclusive and sustainable digital development. It will also support developing countries in bridging the digital divide, and help to achieve the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Mr. Gao Tongqing, the Co-chairman of GTI and the EVP of China Mobile, emphasized that spectrum is the foundation for the development of mobile communications industry. China gave priority to the allocation of mid-band frequency resource for mobile network operators and launched 5G commercial use in 2019. Up to now, China has built the largest 5G network and created over 30,000 industry use cases. This has accelerated the intelligent transformation and upgrading in various fields of economy, society and people’s livelihood, promoted inclusive public services that are more equal and accessible, as well as bridged the digital divide between urban and rural areas. Such rapid development in 5G network construction has benefited a lot from the prioritized mid-band spectrum policy.

Looking forward, the mid-band will remain as the mainstream frequency band in supporting the development of mobile communications, and 6GHz will hold the key to this development. The early coordination and harmonization of 6GHz for IMT will be able to provide guidance for the industry development. Therefore, the mobile communications industry will fully support the allocation of 6GHz frequency band for IMT on a worldwide basis.

Mr. Gao also note that in the future, operators in China will continue to collaborate with industry partners under the guidance of the administrations, and give full play to the important role of the GTI in accelerating spectrum development, technology evolution, scale application and international cooperation, so as to jointly promote the development of 6GHz industry, and make positive contributions to bridging the digital divide and promoting the development of global digital economy.

The GTI Spectrum Workshop has offered a great opportunity for more effective exchanges and extensive cooperations among global authorities and industries, which will be a driving force to promote mutual understanding, narrow differences, and forge ahead consensus among all parties. All this will be contributing to the advanced development of global 6GHz industry and the efficient allocation and use of global spectrum.

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