Na­tion steps up re­search into 5G mo­bile net­work spec­trum

The China Post - - TAIWAN BUSINESS -

Tai­wan’s gov­ern­ment- spon­sored In­sti­tute for In­for­ma­tion In­dus­try (III, ) signed a pact with the Tele­com Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter (TTC) on Wed­nes­day to ex­plore a po­ten­tial spec­trum for the fifth-gen­er­a­tion (5G) mo­bile net­works.

The mem­o­ran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MOU) is ex­pected to ac­cel­er­ate re­search on how to uti­lize spec­trum re­sources in Tai­wan by test­ing the III’s pi­lot projects on wire­less tech­nol­ogy at the TTC’s na­tional-level test­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion lab­o­ra­tory.

The agree­ment

could

also bring a “re­birth” op­por­tu­nity to Tai­wan’s mo­bile phone in­dus­try if the gov­ern­ment can al­lo­cate a fre­quency spec­trum needed for 5G as soon as pos­si­ble and set up a “test­ing field” in a cer­tain area for com­pa­nies to test their pi­lot 5G ap­pli­ca­tions, ac­cord­ing to Vice Premier Chang San-cheng.

“This sign­ing of the MOU will help us find a clear path of re­search and de­vel­op­ment as well as pol­icy plan­ning for at least the next 10 years,” Chang said at the sign­ing cer­e­mony.

Tai­wan’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions reg­u­la­tor, the Na­tional Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion (NCC), an­nounced six win­ners of the 4G mo­bile spec­trum auc­tion on Oct. 30, 2013.

A to­tal of 270-mega­hertz (MHz) of fre­quency spec­trum, in the 700 MHz, 900 MHz and 1,800 MHz bands, was auc­tioned for mo­bile broad­band ser­vice use.

The NCC plans to con­duct a sec­ond-round 4G auc­tion in the third quar­ter of 2015, putting 190 MHz on the block.

The NCC has forecast that by 2020, de­mand for the 4G spec­trum will reach 1,000 MHz, and the reg­u­la­tor plans to re­lease more than 2,000 MHz in both 2015 and 2016 to sat­isfy the needs of 4G op­er­a­tors and pre­pare for the 5G era.

Based on the pro­gres­sion de­fined by the 3rd Gen­er­a­tion Part­ner­ship Pro­ject (3GPP) — a col­lab­o­ra­tion founded in 1998 be­tween in­ter­na­tional groups of tele­com as­so­ci­a­tions that cov­ers cel­lu­lar telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions net­work tech­nolo­gies — 4G is 10 times faster than 3G, and the ul­ti­mate goal of 4G will be to achieve a speed of 1 gi­ga­bit per sec­ond (Gbps).

It is as­sumed that 5G will even­tu­ally move to­ward speeds of 10 Gbps, which would en­able a 800-megabyte movie to be down­loaded in five sec­onds.

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