By Juan Pedro Tomás
Whether you’re a 5G skeptic or optimist, it will eventually happen at scale. And do that, operators need more spectrum and not just millimeter wave frequencies associated with high throughput but limited reach. Low-band will enable wide area coverage and mid-band provides a nice balance of coverage and capacity.
In many countries, mid-band spectrum, particularly the 3.5 GHz band, is a key piece of the 5G spectrum strategy. In the U.S., 3.5 GHz, known as the Citizens Broadband Radio Service band, has been tapped for shared access with opportunities for both operators and enterprises to respectively add additional capacity and invest in private networks while still support incumbent use from federal stakeholders.