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FCC Hoping for Global 5G Spectrum Bands

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Nov 5, 2015, 1:48 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

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. The U.S. has already earmarked several slivers of airwaves that may potentially be used for 5G technologies, which fall in the 28GHz, 37GHz, 39GHz, and 64-71GHz bands. The U.S. plans to study these bands to determine just how effective they might be. The FCC is taking these steps to ensure there is enough spectrum available to satisfy future demand. "The big question here is will the other countries of the world be participating in meeting that spectrum need in a way that produces scope and scale economies that allows the wonder of wireless and truly the transformative power that this represents to individual human beings, let alone to economies," said Wheeler, speaking at an industry event. Standards bodies and wireless telecommunications companies have yet to fully define what 5G is, although they are making progress.

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Nov 10, 2015, 2:02 PM

I wonder what the propagation characteristics of this would be

I can't imagine these spectrums being useful for use inside buildings, anything above 5 GHz including wireless AC already has trouble penetrating walls and coverage is greatly diminished compared to 2.4 GHz. That high up the spectrum band would probably only be useful for the backhaul connections between towers as this would require a clear line of sight and significantly higher powered transmitters than what a phone can handle.
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