The World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC19) has concluded. IMT/5G allocations are substantially increased to nearly 18GHz of spectrum, with significant new bands of mmWave spectrum. Operators, especially in the US, are starting commercial deployments and pushing mmWave into handsets in order to make the potential capacity increase a reality.
How does this affect the costs and usability of the handsets? The RF characteristics of mmWave propagation tend to dictate its use as hotspot deployments, and that would suggest a lot of small cells being needed, both indoor and outdoor. What is the reality of building and deploying mmWave small cells? How small are the cells needed for mmWave, how many are needed, and how, and where, are they going to be deployed? Does the US experience really translate to other parts of the world?
At this event we will explore the issues of using mmWave in 5G deployments and see what can be learnt from other deployments such as WiGig. We take a look at what sort of use cases will really benefit from mmWave, how these may be affected by regulatory and planning issues, and how in particular this affects the demands on and for small cells.