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U.S. to free up 100 MHz of mid-band spectrum for 5G

2020-08-11 18:30 by
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The US government is freeing up 100MHz worth of 3.5GHz spectrum that will provide mobile operators with valuable mid-range bandwidth to power their 5G networks. The industry has long sought the rights for more mid-band spectrum, which is considered ideal for new fifth-generation wireless signals because of its extensive bandwidth and reach.

Government agencies have been evaluating ways to share the 3.1-3.55 GHz band with commercial users, while protecting federal military operations that already occupy the band. Last month, in a report to Congress the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) determined that the 3.45-3.55 GHz portion was the most viable for near-term sharing, including power levels desired by the wireless industry.

US deployments to date have used low-band spectrum that offers wide coverage but lower capacity and millimetre Wave (mmWave) frequencies that offer massive capacity over a short range.

The White House plan would arrange for the Federal Communications Commission to auction 100 megahertz of prized mid-band spectrum starting in December 2021, allowing telecom companies such as AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. to bid on licenses for them.

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