The UK’s spectrum conundrum
Professor Simon Saunders of Real Wireless will chair the the working group on Spectrum Applications and Demand within the UK Spectrum Forum set up by Ed Vaizey, UK Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries.
The Forum is to consider the relationship between TV and cellular, the needs of government, military and emergency services, developments in Internet of Things (IoT) and 5G mobile devices amongst others.
Real Wireless forecasts a need for extra allocations of 200-300 MHz of licensed spectrum for mobile applications and 350 MHz of spectrum for Wi-Fi applications by 2020 to meet even a median forecast of growing demand.
This has to be achieved without compromising on the needs of other sectors such as transportation, emergency service and many others.
“We have seen from the difficulties of digital switchover or the debate on the balance of licensed and licence-exempt spectrum that these decisions are not easy, and as we consider the demands of emergency services and military then they become even harder,” says Saunders, “yet if the UK is to progress with 5G or to seize the opportunities presented by M2M and IoT then the need for a spectrum strategy that reconciles these different desires is critical.”