August 2018

The 26GHz band (24.25-27.5GHz, NR band ‘n258’) is expected to play a key role in the deployment of 5G technology. It has been earmarked as a pioneer band for 5G by the European Commission, alongside low-frequency bands such as the 700MHz band and so-called ‘mid-band’ spectrum from 3.4-3.8GHz. Within this report, we outline our best understanding of the current plans of national regulators and government authorities in making the 26GHz band available over the coming years. Developments across OECD countries as well as any non-OECD countries for which relevant information is available were researched. Our analysis highlighted that the progress made with respect to awarding the 26GHz band widely varies between the countries.

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