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GSMA tempts governments with $565bn mmWave windfall

With disputes looming in many of the millimeter wave bands (see preceding item), the cellular industry is scrambling to make the argument for most of this spectrum being turned over to 5G. The CTIA, in the USA, has proposed to squeeze satellite incumbents into part of the 50 GHz band; while the GSMA is wooing regulators and goverments with claims that mmWave 5G could boost the total growth in GDP, enabled by 5G, by 25% – and boost tax coffers. Harnessing high frequency spectrum to support innovative 5G services could add $565bn to global GDP and $152bn in tax revenue from 2020 to 2034 , according to the GSMA-commissioned report, entitled ‘Socio-Economic Benefits of 5G Services Provided in mmWave Bands’. However,…

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