CTIA Report Says U.S. Catches China in 5G Readiness
Wednesday, April 03, 2019 | Comments

A new 5G summary by CTIA said that the United States is tied with China in 5G readiness, moving up from a year ago when the U.S. lagged behind China and South Korea.

The report, which draws on research from U.K. consultancy Analysys Mason, said America has the most commercial 5G deployments of any nation. The FCC leads the world in assigning low-band and high-band spectrum for wireless, although much of the low-band channels are used for 4G networks, the report said.

The FCC has assigned 2,500 megahertz of high-band spectrum, followed by South Korea at 2,400 megahertz. China intends to make 2,00 megahertz available per operator. The report said the U.S. lags in mid-band spectrum availability.

The report called for a national spectrum strategy creating a five-year schedule of auctions for spectrum in all bands, recommitting federal spectrum policy to free market approaches, and modernizing government policies and procedures to ensure optimal use of spectrum.

Analysys Mason compared 5G spectrum and infrastructure policies proposed in markets worldwide to advance 5G technology and facilitate successful network deployment, and to prepare a comparison of 5G readiness between markets.

The CTIA report is here.

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