GSMA Views 2.6GHz As Pivotal For LTE

The GSM Association (GSMA), in conjunction with a US-based research company Global View Partners, has published a report advocating for the significance of licensing the 2.6 GHz band in a bid to tap the potential of upcoming communication technologies, such as Long-Term Evolution (LTE).

The licensing of the 2.6 GHz band, which has been globally recognised by the ITU as the “3G extension band”, is considered critical for the growth of the mobile broadband market across the globe, according to the report.

The study further stated that notable progress has been made across some Western European countries in allocating the band within a couple of years but leaving the spectrum with a distinct combination of TDD and FDD allocations must be obviated.

Discussing the need, the Chief Regulatory Officer at the GSMA Tom Phillips said: “There is clear evidence that the volume of data flowing over mobile networks is growing rapidly and is being accelerated by the popularity of smartphones and the growth in music and video downloads.”

The study comes over the heels of a research conducted by CCS Insight, which forecasted that the number of mobile broadband users in the European region is set to grow considerably from current 22 million to more than 43 million by the end of 2011.

Our Comments

There are two parameters that GSMA will need to assess when discussing LTE, first whether the technology will be scalable as more consumers join in the 3G+ bandwagon and each of them consume even more bandwidth every year.

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