GSMA Urges Governments to Secure Future of Mobile Internet at WRC-15
Urgent Action Needed to Allocate Spectrum for Mobile or Risk Capacity Crunch
November 2, 2015
Geneva: The GSMA marked the start of the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) by calling on governments across the world to allocate the spectrum required to drive continued global growth of mobile broadband. At the treaty negotiations hosted by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), each country has a role to play by identifying additional globally harmonised spectrum to support next generation mobile services.
Worldwide demand for mobile data is growing exponentially. According to Cisco, global mobile data traffic will grow 10-fold from 2014 to 20191. As data traffic surges, networks will face a capacity crunch and spectrum is a critical element for ensuring continued high quality mobile communication.
“WRC-15 represents a turning point for the future of mobile. Governments have a unique opportunity to ensure we have the spectrum necessary to drive digital inclusion and foster a robust mobile economy over the coming decade,” said Alex Sinclair, Acting Director General and Chief Technology Officer, GSMA. “The time to act is now. As it can take up to 10 years from international identification of spectrum to network deployment, decisions made at WRC-15 will determine the availability of affordable, ubiquitous, high-speed mobile broadband services for years to come.”