5G Mid-Band Spectrum Global Update

March 23, 2020: The U.S. is far behind in freeing up licensed mid-band spectrum* for 5G, according to a new report from Analysys Mason. Closing the gap is critical to leading the emerging 5G Economy. We need a roadmap to effectively double the amount of mid-band spectrum with the 3.1-3.55 GHz and 6 GHz bands the two clear opportunities.

On average, other countries will have 5X more licensed mid-band than the U.S. by end of year.

By end of 2022, 5 countries will have nearly 2X the amount of mid-band as the U.S.

We need a roadmap to effectively double the amount of mid-band spectrum set for auction this year, and the 3.1-3.55 GHz and 6 GHz bands are the two clear opportunities to support America’s 5G economy.

Meredith Attwell Baker, CTIA President and CEO

Expected Licensed Mid-Band Spectrum*by Year-End 2020

The U.S. will rank last on a list of 14 countries in terms of mid-band availability.

19/19 5G Networks Outside of the US Use Licensed Mid-Band Spectrum*

2022 Licensed Mid-Band Spectrum* Projections in Benchmark Countries

Economic Impact of Freeing up 400 MHz

Making 400 MHz of mid-band spectrum available for 5G will provide a significant boost to the US economy, adding $274 billion in GDP and creating 1.3 million new jobs, according to a 2019 Analysis Group study.

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