The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (“MIIT”) released the plan to use 3000-5000MHz (middle-frequency band) for 5G systems on 14 November 2017, making China the first country to release the 5G system frequency plan in the middle-frequency band.

According to the plan, 3300-3400MHz should be reserved for indoor use, while 3400-3600MHz and 4800-5000MHz should be used as the working frequency band of 5G systems. It is stipulated that 5G systems shall not use the frequency band to interfere with the legal operation of other activities using the same or adjacent frequency band.

The 5G system is an important information infrastructure for developing a new generation of information and communication technologies. The plan has comprehensively taken into consideration all international and domestic perspectives and the demand for frequencies used for national defence, satellite communications and scientific research departments and industries. The plan also protects the rights and interests of existing users in accordance with the law.

Please click here to read the full text (Chinese only) of the plan.