FCC Lays Groundwork for Defining 5G Spectrum
The FCC today issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to define the spectrum rules that may help form 5G networks in the U.S. It designated four new bands to be studied for 5G. The four swaths of spectrum are high in the band, including the 28GHz band (27.5GHz to 28.35GHz), the 37GHz band (37GHz to 38.6GHz), the 39GHz band (38.6GHz to 40GHz), and the 64-71GHz band. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the agency is "taking a serious leap that creates a competitive opportunity for this nation to be a leader in the forthcoming 5G world." Moreover, the FCC will propose to the World Radio Conference 2015 in Geneva that these bands become added to the 5G standard. The Notice includes a number of rules, such as geographic area licensing, unlicensed use, and how to balance cellular broadband deployments with those deployed by private entities. Coexistence will be promoted throughout, as some bands will be shared with existing federal services. Such high spectrum bands were previously thought to be unusable due to their wavelength and propagation constraints. "Engineers have turned these weaknesses into strengths by finding ways to use short wavelengths to build dynamic beam-forming antennas to support high capacity networks that are small enough to fit into handsets," said Commissioner Mignon Clyburn. "Many expect that these engineering advances will lead to 5G networks that will offer much higher data speeds and substantially lower latency than what commercial mobile services offer today." Today's 4G LTE networks are primarily deployed in spectrum between 700MHz and 2100MHz, with some in the 2500MHz band. The ITU has yet to define what 5G itself will be, and doesn't expect to for some time.
FCC Chair Says 5G Is a 'National Priority'
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler plans to push the nation's 5G agenda forward this week by defining the spectrum that the wireless networks of the future will use. "I am circulating to my colleagues proposed new rules that will identify and open up vast amounts of spectrum for 5G applications," said Wheeler.
FCC Hoping for Global 5G Spectrum Bands
Tom Wheeler, chairman of the FCC, today said the agency would like to see 5G technologies used on the same spectrum bands around the world. If a significant number of countries agree to use the same bands for 5G, international roaming will be far less complicated than it is today.
FCC Weighing Mid-Band Spectrum for 5G
The FCC today issued a Notice of Inquiry concerning new spectrum bands it is eying for potential 5G deployments. Until today, the FCC has targeted 5G deployments in spectrum below the 3.7 GHz band and above the 24 GHz band.
ITU Inches Closer to Defining 5G Spectrum
The International Telecommunications Union recently concluded the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) and moved forward several initiatives meant to allocate spectrum for mobile broadband. The conference, which recorded some 3,300 attendees, covered more than 40 topics across the gambit of wireless services.
Sprint Targeting 2019 Launch for 5G On Its 2.5 GHz Spectrum
Sprint today said it is working with Qualcomm and SoftBank to develop 5G technologies, including the 3GPP New Radio (NR) standard, for Sprint's 2.5 GHz spectrum (Band 41). Sprint's 2.5 GHz airwaves offer a massive footprint around the country, making it ideal for providing coverage.
They of course can use boosters or repeaters, but in general the higher frequencies are for more capacity and speeds. You'll see them ...