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Spectrum Shortage Threatens Broadband GDP Boost

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A rise in broadband connections across Asia Pacific will generate $1.2 trillion of GDP growth and create up to 35 million new jobs by 2020, according to a GSMA report.

However, this opportunity can only be realized if governments act now to fully release existing harmonized mobile spectrum bands and allocate more spectrum for mobileto meet rising consumer demand and support the development of new mobile services in the longer term.

The findings of the report are further supported by the GSMA’s spectrum estimation model, which predicts a global shortfall of mobile spectrum of between 600 to 800MHz.

In particular, the GSMA’s model finds that there is insufficient spectrum available in the Asia-Pacific region to meet predicted future mobile traffic growth and support planned advances in technology. Click here to read more

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