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China and Australia award 5G licences, Korea goes live

Regulators and operators have made significant strides towards 5G in three major markets in the past week – China, Australia and South Korea. In China, the government has issued test licences to the three MNOs to start their deployment of 5G in the 3.5 GHz band. China has been more responsible than any other country for driving the C-band spectrum around 3.5 GHz as the first major global band for 5G. Even ahead of World Radio Conference 2019, which will officially decide on globally harmonized spectrum allocations for 5G, the head of steam behind 3.5 GHz (in various markets, anywhere between 3.4 GHz and 4.2 GHz) makes it unstoppable now. Several regulators have already auctioned airwaves in at least part…

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