TNO completes research into 5g at 3.5 GHz in the North of the Netherlands within two weeks

Oct

18

2018

TNO will complete a study within two weeks about whether 5g is possible in the Northern Netherlands on the 3.5 GHz frequency band. A satellite station in Burum currently uses that frequency to monitor satellite traffic.

TNO is currently investigating whether providers can use 3.5GHz via LSA, Licensed Shared Access, and thus use the same band as the satellite station in Burum without disturbing each other, Keijzer writes . Intelligence services use that station. Another outcome is that 5g in an area around Burum may not function at 3.5GHz. That rule is now also there, but that area covers the whole of the Netherlands north of the Amsterdam-Zwolle line. With LSA, it would be possible to have the satellite station in Burum function together with a 5G network by sharing frequencies in the same band.

Keijzer wants to decide on 5g at 3.5 GHz before the end of the year. The fact that a decision is still to be expected also depends on another investigation conducted by the Ministry of the Interior and Defense. They look separately from TNO whether it is possible to move the satellite station to another location.

The 3.5 GHz band is important because many of the first 5g devices, such as smartphones and network equipment, will work with this. In addition, many providers worldwide have already said that they will use 5g on that frequency. Providers fear that offering 5g will be more difficult if that frequency becomes unavailable. Tweakers published a background story about 5g in the Benelux this spring.

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