Commission decides to harmonise radio spectrum for the future 5G

Today, the European Commission adopted an amending Implementing Decision to harmonise the radio spectrum in the 3.4-3.8 GHz (or 3.6 GHz) band for the future use with 5G. This is necessary to enable Member States to reorganise and allow the use of that band for 5G systems by 31 December 2020 in line with the European Electronic Communications Code.

This decision will enable the take-up of 5G services in the Union. This band has been harmonised for wireless broadband services in the Union since 2008. However, its use has been low and only a limited number of licences has been issued. This amendment of the Decision updates the technical conditions to make them 5G-ready as the 3.6 GHz band has been identified as the primary pioneer band for 5G in the Union.