Nokia Networks lobbies for 70, 80 GHz bands for mmWave, 5G
August 29, 2015
Nokia Networks (NYSE:NOK) is pressing the FCC to consider 71-76 GHz and 81-86 GHz, along with other millimeter wave (mmWave) bands, for 5G as part of the FCC's proceeding that looks at the use of spectrum bands above 24 GHz.
In a filing submitted to the FCC last week, Nokia argues that 5G needs both licensed and unlicensed spectrum, just like 3G and 4G, noting that the carrier grade unlicensed model, while attractive, remains "unproven." Licensed spectrum creates greater certainty for investment, according to Nokia, echoing the message from some other wireless vendors.
Nokia points out that a much anticipated solution to meet 4G data demand is network densification. 4G small cells will be deployed at street level, while micro/pico base stations are being deployed on lamp posts and on the sides of buildings. In the U.S., Sprint (NYSE: S) has said it will add "tens of thousands" of small cells to its network, and Verizon (NYSE: VZ) is also working to densify its network through small cells.