UK WATCHDOG Ofcom has asked for input from the telecoms industry about the high frequency spectrum above 6GHz, which is a likely channel for the high-performance wireless communications that should come with a 5G mobile network.
The watchdog said that commercial applications of 5G technologies will not arrive until 2020, but that now is the time to do the groundwork and understand how the higher frequencies can be used in the future.
5G will feature an "extremely fast" data throughput of between 10Gbps and 50Gbps, and very low latency of just 1ms, according to Ofcom.
The next-generation mobile network could be used for services ranging from financial trading and entertainment, to gaming, virtual family meetings, 3D medical imaging and holographic projections, the watchdog said.
The 6GHz radio spectrum is currently used for non-consumer applications like scientific research, satellite broadcasting and weather monitoring.
Ofcom's role is to manage the limited spectrum resources to allow all the possible telecom applications to coexist peacefully.
Ofcom acting chief executive Steve Unger said that the regulator wants the country "to be a leader in the next generation of wireless communications".
He added: "Working with industry we want to lay the foundations for the UK's next generation of wireless communications."
Ofcom is already selecting the lower-frequency ranges of the radio spectrum to be released for use with 5G networks.
Researchers have warned that this is not likely to put the UK in the spearhead of commercial next-generation mobile offers. µ
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