This study, commissioned by Huawei, provides an independent assessment of the economic benefits that would arise through use of C-Band spectrum (3600-4200 MHz) for mobile broadband services in the UK.
Mobile broadband traffic in the UK is forecast to grow rapidly over the next 10-15 years. It is possible that the UK may face a spectrum shortfall unless sufficient spectrum is made available to avoid operators having to make costly investments in infrastructure to support this traffic growth. The 3600- 4200 MHz frequency range could be used to provide additional capacity to address this shortfall. It will reduce the costs of service provision and improve quality of service.
3600-4200 MHz is currently used by several services including fixed satellite service earth stations. This report considers the economic benefit arising from the early release of spectrum in the 3600-4200 MHz range, use of a link performance aware frequency sharing scenario and an advanced frequency sharing scenario.