The growing use of advanced networks for LTE and the upcoming introduction of 5G reflect an important growth in mobile data traffic. In this context, in order to be able to meet the needs of operators, including for wireless backhaul, the industry faces an increasing demand for more spectrum.
However, country regulators are not moving at the same speed when it comes to freeing up spectrum. While, in more mature markets of North America and Europe, there are regulations and allocations for Super High Frequency (SHF) bands (3-30 GHz), this is generally not the case in other regions. Table 1 provides detail on the frequency bands covered in the 5G PMP, mmwave and Backhaul Regulatory Database.