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. Now it is considering some bands in between, specifically 3.7 to 4.2 GHz, 5.925 to 6.425 GHz, and 6.425 to 7.125 GHz. The FCC is seeking comments on the potential of these spectrum bands and hopes to learn how they can be best used for fixed and mobile wireless services while protecting existing services from interference. It also wants to know how it can best monetize these bands while offering licensed and unlicensed access for public and private entities. The FCC is accepting comments on its web site. U.S. wireless network operators are already exploring various paths to 5G, even though the standard and specific blocks of airwaves for 5G haven't been defined.
FCC Makes More Moves to Secure 5G Spectrum
The FCC this week laid out plans to ensure that the country has enough spectrum prepared for 5G service. The agency published new rules for millimeter wave spectrum in the 24 GHz and 37 GHz bands.
FCC Sets Framework for 5G Airwaves
The FCC today adopted a new set of rules that will govern next-generation 5G networks and technologies. Specifically, the FCC defined and opened up nearly 11 GHz of high-frequency spectrum above the 28 GHz band.
FCC Lays Out Plans to Auction mmWave Spectrum In Nov.
The FCC hopes to commence two separate auctions for mmWave spectrum in November of this year. Auction 101 for 28 GHz licenses will kick off November 14, with Auction 102 for 24 GHz lenses to follow immediately thereafter.
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.
CTIA, CCA Want All Millimeter Spectrum Bands Auctioned Off Together
Two of the country's largest wireless lobbying organizations have asked the FCC to consider auctioning off the 37, 39, and 42 GHz bands at the same time it auctions off the 24 GHz band. The agency believes the 24 GHz band is prime real estate for forthcoming 5G service, and it has a loose schedule for that auction.