ETSI Creates Millimetre Wave Transmission Group

SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, France -- ETSI has created a new Industry Specification Group (ISG) to work on millimetre Wave Transmission (mWT), with the first meeting taking place at ETSI on 14-15 January 2015.

There is increasing interest in using millimetre wave spectrum, in the 30GHz to 300GHz range, for radio transmission. There is one order of magnitude of more spectrum available in this band than in lower bands. Larger bandwidth channels are possible, of 2GHz, 4GHz, 10GHz or even 100GHz. This allows radio systems to offer fibre-like capacity. The spectrum can be made available quickly, and can be reused easily with the limited propagation range in this band. Lower spectrum license costs also lead to a lower total cost of ownership and lower cost per bit of radio systems using this spectrum.

However there are barriers to using this spectrum. Regulations for millimetre wave radio differ greatly from country to country. There is a lack of key components leading to high equipment costs. There is huge variety in the types of equipment and applications using this spectrum and there is still a lack of confidence in the technology.

ETSI’s new Industry Specification Group on millimetre Wave Transmission (ISG mWT) will facilitate the use of the V-band (57-66 GHz), the E-band (71-76 & 81-86 GHz) and, in the future, higher frequency bands (up to 300 GHz) for large volume backhaul and fronthaul applications to support mobile network implementation, wireless local loop and any other service benefitting from high speed wireless transmission.

European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI)

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