5G spectrum harmonisation important to ASEAN countries: workshop

5G spectrum harmonisation important to ASEAN countries: workshop

The 5G spectrum harmonisation in ASEAN member countries was the main focus of a workshop held virtually by the Authority of Radio Frequency Management (ARFM) under the Ministry of Information and Communications on November 26.

5G services would speed up the development of digital infrastructure and meet requirements of digital transformation, said Nguyen Duc Trung, head of the ARFM, adding that Vietnam and other ASEAN member countries have piloted the services.

ASEAN countries are working to provide the spectrum for 5G services. However, the entire region is facing challenges to frequency planning for 5G.

Currently, Vietnam and a number of ASEAN countries have conducted trials on the sharing of the 3.5 GHz band for both satellite and mobile services, and prepared another band for 5G, according to the official.

The spectrum harmonisation for 5G and other services is an urgent task to minimise interference between countries and make the best use of the spectrum, he added.

Participating experts from ASEAN countries also informed results of the trials and future plans for 5G.