What might be 6G’s spectrum needs?

With the telecom industry, and governments around the world, already looking ahead to future 6G systems and the spectrum that they might utilize, how should they be thinking about the amount of spectrum that will be needed for 6G? After all, the technology hasn’t yet been standardized, use cases are simply best-guesses at this point and “as much as we can get, especially in the midband range” leaves something to be desired as a basis for spectrum policy and planning.

The Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS)’s NextG Alliance…took a stab at assessing future 6G spectrum needs in a new white paper. The organization acknowledges that there are many unknowns at this point, but notes that in general, “The evolution of commercial mobile broadband over its generations is characterized by a continued increase in the efficiency in the use of spectrum
and in the amount of spectrum used to support novel and diverse wireless applications.”

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