The continuing evolution of mobile networks and the pervasiveness of connectivity across social and economic activities have had a sizable impact on the quality of life for end users, especially those in emerging countries. The COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated the importance of having adequate and capable network infrastructure to support the unprecedented rise in demand for bandwidth, resulting from the massive shifts in the way people work, learn, and socialize.

In emerging markets, 4G/LTE will continue to be a foundational communications technology. For example, in Asia Pacific, 4G will continue to represent the majority of terrestrial mobile broadband delivery with at least 69% of total connections in 2025. 4G/LTE will utilize sub-6 GHz bands to support key applications, such Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and fixed wireless access (FWA). In addition to underpinning 5G Non-Stand Alone (NSA), 4G can also provide fallback coverage for urban locations with insufficient or slow 5G rollout.

Satellite communication will play a crucial role in bringing about 3GPP’s broader objectives in delivering versatile network connectivity to enable the diverse applications of 5G. Having a deep arsenal of wireless infrastructure solutions can better equip operators in delivering inclusive broadband services to urban, underserved, and unserved populations. Spectrum is a fundamental asset in the core offerings of telecommunication and satellite industries. Inadequate and sub-optimal spectrum allocation to these services will be detrimental to the development of these respective industries. A balanced approach in spectrum allocation is therefore critical to maximize the respective broadband delivery capabilities of terrestrial and satellite network broadband providers.

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