Licensed Mid-Band Spectrum Critical to 5G

Mid-band spectrum (1-6 GHz) is critical to 5G as it provides both favorable propagation characteristics and wide channel bandwidth. Within the mid-band category, there are significant differences that determine how each specific band is deployed in wireless networks.

The higher mid-band (2-6 GHz) has large blocks of spectrum with wide channel sizes for super-fast 5G data speeds, but in-building penetration and propagation limitations restrict its broad-based deployment. Conversely, the lower mid-band’s (1-2 GHz) superior propagation characteristics and deployment flexibility provide far-reaching, economical 5G coverage.

Lower and higher mid-band spectrum can enhance each other’s core capabilities. New 5G technology solutions can extend lower mid-band coverage benefits to higher mid-band deployments for delivery of high-speed throughput over a broader coverage area. Working together, the two spectrum categories will enable a cost-efficient, broad-based, and capacity-rich solution that supports the full suite of 5G services.

With Nokia and Ericsson, Ligado is developing technical and commercial plans to support flexible use of the Ligado band for standards-based satellite and terrestrial 5G services.