As we see in 3GPP standards, ITU also recommends that the 2.6GHz band
to split into a mix of paired spectrum [FDD] - in which separate range
of frequency are to be allocated for uplink and downlink channels -
and unpaired spectrum (TDD) where they use a single range to have up
and down time-slots. Most of the regulators (most notably, OfCom) are
adopting “technology neutrality” for allocating the spectrum.
Technologies like WiMAX, 3G and it’s evolutions such as HSPA or future
LTE can have their own path in this 2.6 GHz band. According to the
international best practices, and also ITU recommended on having
2.500-2.570 GHz and 2.620-2.690 to be used as paired bands for FDD
mode and 2.570-2.690 to be used as unpaired band in the middle for TDD
mode. In WRC-2000, ITU also suggested two more options for this
extension band in 2.6 GHz, one starts with FDD channeling and other
TDD channeling in the middle, as discussed. The last option suggested
that the regulator should leave that option open to the individual
operators to decide on any of these. Can that be left open to the

Intel being the driving force of WiMAX ecosystem wants to see WiMAX
and LTE to coexist. Intel strategist Maloney says that two standards
should be harmonized because they are about "80 percent" similar but
that WiMAX is a couple years ahead of LTE. He also said that
customers will be confused by the competing 4G technologies. Maloney
says that Intel is looking into ways to integrate the two technologies
and it is technically possible for Intel to create a chip set that
could be used for WiMAX and LTE. I need some fresh air ...

In the setting of CEPT 70-50-70MHz (FDD-TDD-FDD) band plan, the
enlightened regulator might sets this up ... like 60-(50+10)-60-(10)
allocation, or 50-(50+20)-50-20, where more WiMAX-suitable spectrum
can be kept in the middle and end of the band with 120 MHz duplexing
for LTE evolution. Will that be confusing? I guess, 2.3 and 3.4 GHz
are natural TDD band. What is the prospect of FDD in 2.6 GHz band? The
service providers might get the license for 15 years, what if they
choose to offer more voice friendly applications (FDD) after 5 years,
should they be able to use the spectrum if they are allowed to trade?

What should the regulators do? Should they specify this 2.6 GHz band
to operate only in TDD mode or should they leave it open? What about
WiMAX profiling on FDD? What WiMAX forum thinks about FDD?

Thanks in advance.

Raqueeb Hassan

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