Satellite Operators Agree to Accelerated Timeline for New 5G Band
Five satellite operators have agreed to the FCC's "accelerated" plan to reallocate 300 MHz of valuable mid-band spectrum so it can be used for enhanced 5G service as soon as late 2021. Without acceleration, the plan might not have been complete until 2025. The so-called C Band consists of 500 MHz around 3.7 GHz, a frequency ideal for 5G. The band is currently used for communication with satellites in space, but it is used inefficiently. By moving the satellite operators into just the upper 200 MHz of the band, 280 MHz can be freed for new 5G service on the ground. The FCC will auction licenses of the new spectrum to wireless carriers starting in December of this year, and carriers will be able to use some of the licenses starting one year later. In a second phase of the accelerated plan, the full 280 MHz will be available for use by the end of 2023.
Feb 6, 2020
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has released details of the FCC's proposal to re-arrange the C band, making available 280 MHz of additional radio spectrum for 5G in the US. The C band is a 500 MHz segment of spectrum from 3.7 to 4.2 GHz, which is currently used by fixed satellite companies to beam content to video and audio broadcasters, cable systems, etc.
Jul 23, 2018
Qualcomm today announced new antennas that will bring mmWave and sub-6 GHz 5G to mobile devices such as smartphones. The QTM052 mmWave module and QPM5xx sub-6 GHz RF module are compact enough that they are suitable for phones.
Feb 27, 2018
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said the agency will commence an auction for 28 GHz airwaves as soon as November. Pai expects the spectrum in question will be used for 5G.
Jun 8, 2018
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.
Sep 18, 2018
Twitter says it has heard the people and will accommodate their number one request: the ability to view tweets in the order they were published. This generally means in reverse chronological order, which is how Twitter operated until 2016 when it introduced the algorithmic feed.
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