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FCC votes to free up 1,200 MHz for unlicensed use

2018-10-23 16:02 by


The FCC has voted unanimously to propose opening up 1,200 Mhz of spectrum for unlicensed use, five times the current unlicensed spectrum, with rules to protect against interference with incumbent users.

In a 3-1 vote, FCC commissioners opened the 3.5GHz band up for use in 5G networks, with a separate unanimous vote expanding the 6GHz band to next-generation Wi-Fi devices. Collectively, the FCC’s orders set the stage for better mobile devices and wireless routers than what’s available today.

As carriers and chipmakers prepare for global launches of high-speed 5G cellular networks, understanding the 3.5GHz order is particularly important. Previously, the 3.550-3.700 GHz band was reserved for U.S. naval radar use, but it's a suboptimal allocation of radio spectra — the Navy doesn't use it at all locations and times. So the FCC is creating 15 channels within that band, auctioning seven to "priority access licenses" and offering eight for general access, with the Navy getting priority across the band wherever and whenever it needs it.

One reason the 6 MHz spectrum is so attractive is that it lies between the current unlicensed bands and the potential unlicensed spectrum likely to be freed up in the C-band.

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