• Sun. Aug 7th, 2022

The European Commission authorizes additional frequency bands for 5G

The European Commission has announced new decisions to open additional frequencies for the provision of 5G services in the European Union.

The body has decided that the 900 MHz and 1.8 GHz bands will be used for the provision of 5G in member countries. These radio bands are currently used for 2G, 3G and 4G services.

“The Radio Spectrum Policy Group (RSPG) has identified the need to make the bands used for previous generations of mobile communications (2G, 3G, 4G) also available for the latest technological developments. Updating the technical and regulatory conditions of these bands will help create an environment ready to welcome innovative applications, the European Commission said in a press release.

The Commission indicated that this decision on the 900 MHz and 1.8 GHz bands will also ensure technological and service neutrality. “This will enable better connectivity for critical monitoring, diagnostic and healthcare applications; smart homes and optimized energy consumption; and connected and automated mobility for safer and more efficient transport systems,” the EC said.

In its 2016 action plan, the European Commission set a deadline of 2025 for the deployment of 5G services in all urban areas and all major transport routes in member countries. In March last year, the body set itself the target of achieving EU-wide 5G coverage by 2030.

However, the majority of EU member states are not on track to roll out their 5G networks and lack a common approach to security issues related to high-risk non-EU vendors, according to a report. special audit report published last month by the European Court of Human Rights. Statutory Auditors (CEA).

“Our audit showed that there are delays in the deployment of 5G networks by Member States. By the end of 2020, 23 Member States had launched commercial 5G services and reached the interim target of at least one major city with 5G access. However, not all member states refer to the EU 2025 and 2030 targets in their national 5G strategies or broadband plans,” the ECA said.

“In addition, in several countries, the European electronic communications code has not yet been transposed into national law and the allocation of 5G spectrum has been delayed. These delays in spectrum allocation can be attributed to different reasons: low demand from mobile network operators (MNOs), cross-border coordination issues with non-EU countries along the eastern borders, the impact of COVID-19 on auction schedules and uncertainty as to how to address security concerns,” the ECA added.

In its recent report, the ECA recommended that the European Commission promote the regular and rapid deployment of 5G networks within the EU, foster a concerted approach to 5G security among member states and monitor states’ approaches. members in 5G security.