GSMA has urged governments to identify spectrum in the 26, 40 and 66 GHz bands at WRC-19 for mobile.
mmWave 5G will contribute $565 billion to global GDP over the next 15 years, GSMA said in its letter to ministers and heads of regulatory authorities.
5G mmWave spectrum will be identified at an international treaty conference called the World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 (WRC-19) in Egypt from 28 October to 22 November 2019.
Innovative 5G services will generate $212 billion of economic expansion – 0.8 percent of GDP growth – in Asia Pacific by 2034, according to a report released by the GSMA.
“APAC can join the Americas, Africa and the Middle East in making pro-5G decisions at WRC-19. By doing so it can guarantee continued broadband growth and secure its digital future,” said Julian Gorman, head of Asia Pacific at GSMA.
European countries are determined to limit the use of this spectrum due to unfounded claims of potential interference with some space services. Technical studies, supported by Africa, the Americas and the Middle East, demonstrated that 5G can co-exist efficiently alongside weather-sensing services, commercial satellite services and others.
5G, coupled with mmWave spectrum, opens up potential for data-intensive applications that can transform a variety of industries and use cases. In Asia-Pacific the economic benefits flow from the manufacturing and utilities sector, in which the sector accounts for 53 percent of the contribution to GDP of $212 billion as a result of mmWave 5G.