Nation steps up research into 5G mobile network spectrum
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.
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.